The young Swiss pianist Kathrin Schmidlin, born in 1990, studied with Karl-Andreas Kolly at the Zurich University of the Arts, Wolfgang Manz at the Nuremberg University of Music and Tobias Schabenberger at the Basel Academy of Music.
She has won several prizes at national and international competitions and is a scholarship holder at the Bachwoche Ansbach. She received important inspiration from Henri Sigfridsson, Aleksandar Madžar, Brigitte Meyer, Konstantin Lifschitz and Hartmut Höll, among others.
Her performances have taken her to Paris, Bayreuth at the Steingräber & Söhne piano factory, Gladbeck at the Forum of German Music Academies, the Basel Theatre, Sils Maria and the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad.
Kathrin Schmidlin has specialised in the performance of little-known female composers. In 2017, for example, she performed Fanny Hensel’s complete piano cycle Das Jahr at the Museum am Dom in Trier. For the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birth in 2019, she performed her Piano Concerto in A minor several times as a soloist, and in spring 2021 her debut CD Frauenstimmen was released, which she recorded together with cellist Anna Fortova to mark the 50th anniversary of Swiss women’s suffrage. Her CD with works by female composers has been repeatedly acclaimed by the international specialist press.
Since 2018, Kathrin Schmidlin has been teaching a piano class at the Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich.