Edson Scheid playing Partita No. 1 during “The Complete J.S. Bach for Solo Violin” at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York. Photo credit: Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times
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Edson Scheid has been praised for his “polished playing” (The Strad), and for being "both musically and technically one of the most assured and accomplished of today’s younger period violinists" (The Boston Musical Intelligencer). His performance of Strauss’s song Morgen at Carnegie Hall alongside Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d'Oro was described as follows: “The concertmaster, Edson Scheid, proved a worthy foil as violin soloist” (The New York Times).
A native of Brazil, Edson Scheid is based in New York City and frequently performs with such ensembles as Les Arts Florissants, Il Pomo d'Oro, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Juilliard415, NOVUS NY, Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York Baroque Incorporated, the Clarion Orchestra, the Aston Magna Music Festival, Seraphic Fire, and the American Baroque Orchestra, an ensemble for which he serves as concertmaster.
Edson Scheid’s many performances of Paganini’s 24 Caprices, on both period and modern violins, have been received with enthusiasm around the world. He has been featured live in-studio on In Tune from BBC Radio 3 and his recording of the Caprices on the baroque violin for the Naxos label has been critically acclaimed: “Far from being mere virtuoso stunts, Scheid’s Caprices abound in the beauty and revolutionary spirit of these works...” (Fanfare Magazine). His newest album “On Paganini’s Trail… H. W. Ernst and more” has been released on October 2019 under the Centaur Label – the first recording ever of this repertoire on a period violin.
As a chamber musician, he has performed both as a violinist and a violist in such festivals as the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, Juilliard ChamberFest, and Dans les Jardins de William Christie.
Edson Scheid holds degrees from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, the Yale School of Music and The Juilliard School, where he was the recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. He is a two-time winner of the Historical Performance Concerto Competition at Juilliard, and a recipient of the Broadus Erle Prize at Yale.