A Few of My Favorite Fugues 




Staunton Music Festival artistic director Carsten Schmidt provides background insights into how he selected a diverse collection of fugues to create the Serenades & Fugues concert, presented at the festival in August 2019. From Josquin to Piazzolla and beyond, this exploration shows the great richness of the fugue genre. 






Carsten Schmidt enjoys a flourishing career as a pianist, harpsichordist, and conductor, and has performed widely throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. He has been heard in such venues as the Ravinia Festival, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Moscow Conservatory, the Kuhmo Festival in Finland, German Mozart Festival, as well as in broadcasts worldwide. His repertoire ranges from the early Baroque to new works, of which he has premiered more than 100. He studied at the Folkwang Institute in his native Germany, as well as Indiana University and Yale. Among his teachers are pianists Claude Frank and Leonard Hokanson and harpsichordist Richard Rephann. 





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