Gertrud Schilde studied in Munich at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (University of Music and Performing Arts), in Chicago at the Northern Illinois University Dekalb, in Salzburg at the Universität Mozarteum and also in Sydney, Australia.

In Munich she studied violin under Ana Chumachenco, where she gained her diploma with honours and subsequently completed her “Meisterklasse”. Additional chamber music studies under Michael Schäfer and Franz Beyer among others.

Extended studies in violin and chamber music in Chicago (Shmuel Ashkenasi and the Vermeer-Quartet), in Salzburg, and in Sydney under Uzi Wiesel.

She has participated in international master classes under Herman Krebbers, Valerij Klimov, Saschko Gawriloff and Nicolas Chumachenco to name a few.

Scholarship holder of the Yehudi-Menuhin-Foundation „live music now“ and the “Richard-Wagner-Verband”. Prizewinner at international competitions.

Chamber Musician

She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician principally in recitals. She has also been invited to perform throughout Europe, Japan, Korea, Central and South America as well as the United States by the following institutions: Goethe-Institut, Juventudes musicale, ProArte Tokyo, Daigaku Geidai University Tokyo, Elisabeth University Hiroshima, Nagoya College of Music, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Music Festivals

Gertrud Schilde has received invitations to perform as a soloist and chamber musician at prestigious international festivals such as the Rheingau-Festival (Germany), Shira Music Festival Eilat (Israel), Bowdoin Summer Music Festival (USA), Baalbek Music Festival (Lebanon), Schubertiade Roskilde (Denmark), Gustav-Mahler-Festival Toblach (Italy), Pasionska Bastina Zagreb (Croatia), Ruhr-Klavier-Festival (Ruhr Piano Festival, Germany), Munich Biennale, ADEvangarde, Festivo, Festspiel+ (Munich Opera Festival), Festival für neue Musik Bayreuth, Jazzfestival Leipzig.

Contemporary Music
Premieres/First Nights

She has performed as concert master with various ensembles playing both contemporary and non European music. She has played with the likes of the Modern String Quartet, Schorsch Camerun, Johannes Enders, Ibrahim Ferrer, Sheik Arabi Farag, Carlo Fashion, zignorii++, and Edith Salmen.

Premieres and first nights with amongst others: Alfred Schnittke, Bernd Franke, Tristan Murail, Jörg Widmann, Ennio Morricone, Hans-Jürgen von Bose, Masahiro Yamauchi, Norio Fukushi, Wilhelm Killmayer, Gloria Coats, Dieter Acker, Carl Oesterhelt.

Literary-Musical Collaborations

Music/literature evenings with authors and actors such as Frido Mann, Gert Heidenreich, Sylvia Patsch, Senta Berger and Peter Weiß.


Musical collaboration in productions for the Munich Kammerspiele, Residenztheater Munich, Ruhrtriennale, Brandherde Amsterdam, Theatertreffen Berlin, under directors such as Dieter Dorn, Schorsch Camerun and Johan Simons.


Radio, television and CD recordings in Germany and abroad for: BR Klassik, DeutschlandRadio, NHK Tokyo, Radio Mexico, Radio Italiana, Arte, Sony, Genuin, Coviello, Hausmusik, and Alien Transistor.


She has held a master class at the Nagoya College of Music and teaches both violin and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (University of Music and Performing Arts Munich). She also is dedicated to her students as a private teacher.



October 11, 2010 Münchner Merkur

Shining in Dance Forms

[...] Gertrud Schilde and Jan Philip Schulze shine [...] Technical artistry and sensitive expressiveness [...] Program selection fascinated and captivated the audience [...] Amazingly harmonious duo [...]

February 25, 2008 Süddeutsche Zeitung

Splendid Concert

[...] Schnittke‘s rich tonality [...] Austere twelve-tone finale [...] L. van Beethoven‘s sonata [...] instantly rid itself of all weight, burst into serenity, rich in colour [...] Wistfulness of Romanticism [...] Eminently feminine delicacy [...] In Mendelssohn [...] dramatic outbursts, [...] abundantly kindled by Schilde’s bow stroke [...]

September 12, 2006 Süddeutsche Zeitung

Triumph of Homogeneity

CD Recording with Gertrud und Klaus Schilde
Sonatas by Alfred Schnittke, Robert Schumann, Ferruccio Busoni

[...] Gertrud Schilde owns the dexterity to withdraw any tenaciousness from the precisely molded works, in order not to lose sight of the ample outline [...]

June 20, 2006 NK

Ear Opening Playfulness

[...] Intense, colourful, diverse, [...] this was certainly due to both performers, violinist Gertrud Schilde and pianist Klaus Schilde: Marvelous how these two musicians realize musical vitality in every construct of a quarter tone [...] Emphatic performance [...]

June 17, 2005

Chopin Magazine Tokyo

[...] The duo’s whole expression of the contemporary music turns out to be exquisite [...] Mendelssohn: the violin’s expression was beautiful, flowing over the vivid piano [...] Deep song [...] Gertrud’s sound is deep, settled, and pleasant to be soaked in [...]

May 2, 2005 Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung

Musical Gems
Recital in Augsburg‘s Rokoko-Saal

[...] Daring verve [...] Complete dedication, with ardour [...] Sublime interpretation [...] Strong homogenous and translucent sound in the lyric as well as the dramatic parts [...]

March 11, 2002 Reforma Mexico City

De Lo Más, A Lo Más Antiguo

[...] Técnicamente fue digno de elegio el manejo del arco que Gertrud ostentó durante el largo trino pleno de expresivos contrastes dinámicos en el Andante , y la convicción y teatralidad sonora con que tocó la cadenza [...] Si Busoni hubiera escuchado la soberana grandeza con que calmadamente recrearon los Schilde el Quasi sacro del final, habría quedado sumamente complecido [...]

February 13, 2000 BA

Brilliant Chamber Music Concert

[...] Robert Schumann‘s sonata in d-minor has scarcely been elucidated as vibrant and delightful as in Gertrud Schilde‘s, [...] exquisite in sound and sophisticated, play [...] Saint-Saens‘s Havanaise [...] with an aristocratic sense of taste and unostentatious, subtle sentiment [...]

March 12, 1998 Lippische Rundschau Detmold

Chamber Music in Perfect Harmony

[...] Gertrud Schilde enthralls [...] A particularly elaborated technique, which [...] is used solely as a means of musical interpretation [...] The harmony in sound, was simply stunning [...]

March 10, 1998 Lippische Landeszeitung

[...] Each and every note brought to live, unconditionally [...]

Chamber Music

January 17, 2012 Süddeutsche Zeitung


[...] The ensemble’s enthralling grasp, [...] particularly, without the slightest mannerism, realized by violinist Gertrud Schilde [...] Vibrant, with ease [...] Passionate sentiment [...] Agitated and emotional[...] Movingly wistful [...]

September 26, 2011 Süddeutsche Zeitung

Violin and Percussion
Antonio Vivaldi Four Seasons

[...] Magnificently realized original violin-score [...]

September 8, 2006 NRZ

Violin and Guitar
Internationales Gitarrenfest Ruhr

[...] Concertante encounter of violin and guitar [...] Knowledge of the stylistic filigree details [...] Authentic play [...] Paganini: [...] Dynamic and elegant tour [...] Stunning technique [...] Brilliant! [...]

June 18, 2002 BA

Violin and Theorbe
Kloster Lorsch

[...] The violinist Gertrud Schilde from Munich and the lute player elate the audience [...] Gertrud Schilde: [...] Courageous performance style [...] Hidden gems brought to life with delicacy [...] Narrative interpretation [...] Most impressing: J. S. Bach’s monumental Ciaccona: [...] A dialogue, rarely to be heard, elaborated in a masterful fashion [...]


October 14, 2008 Süddeutsche Zeitung

Beethoven’s Romances in the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche

[...] To his full expense as well as to the audience’s, Beethoven’s two Romances for Violin and Piano op. 40 and 50 were to be heard with the sensitive acting Gertrud Schilde as the soloist. [...]

May 17, 2005 Badische Zeitung

Solely Bach in the Heiligenzeller Schloß

[...] Ciaccona aus der d-moll-Partita: [...] Monolithisch, innerlich bewegt [...] Erzengelmusik, die Schilde technisch brillant und doch ganz hingegeben spielt [...] Der Ton singt und flirrt, reine, wundervolle Melodik, sinnlich, [...] zwischen Schmerz und Hingabe [...]

March 15, 2005 Coburger Tageblatt

L. van Beethoven, Violin Concerto

[...] The Ciaccona from the Partita in d-minor: [...] Monolithic, with inner movement [...] Music of an arch angel, played technically brilliant, but nonetheless completely devoted by Schilde [...] Chanting and whirring tone, pure, beautiful melody, sensuous, [...] between anguish and devotion [...]

December 28, 2004 LZ

Inspired Expression

W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in A major

[...] The inspired Expression of the young artist, the thriving tonality and the musical momentum [...] Intuitive strength of expression, and translucent sense of sound [...]

September 7, 2002 Mitteldeutsche Zeitung Halberstadt/Aschersleben

Concert with Splendour

L. van Beethoven
Violin Concerto

[...] Persuasive in the cadenzas, with brilliant technique [...] Larghetto performed with intimacy, poetic tonal beauty [...]

April 17, 2000 CT

L. van Beethoven Triple Concerto

[...] Dynamic, masterful, flawless [...] A coherent and immaculate interpretation which will stay with us for a long time [...]



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