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Eric Schneider studied piano and mathematics and passed at the age of 22 his final examination at the Musikhochschule Köln with distinction. After winning prizes at competitions and first solo recitals he discovered a pervasive enthusiasm for the German lied. Schneider completed his studies in vocal accompaniment with Hartmut Höll. The celebrated singers Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau served as essential and inspiring teachers. He took acting lessons and completed a conducting course with Rolf Reuter at the Hanns Eisler conservatory in Berlin while gathering experience teaching singers and pianists at a number of German music colleges. He established intensive and fruitful partnerships with singers such as Christiane Oelze, Christine Schäfer, Stephan Genz and Matthias Goerne. He can be heard in concert halls and at festivals around the world. Numerous recordings - recently Franz Schubert's “Winterreise” with Christine Schaefer - document his career.
As a soloist, Eric Schneider recently gave recitals at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, at the festivals Kissinger Sommer and Klavierfestival Ruhr. Since 2009, he teaches Lied at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

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