Michal Schmidt, Pianist and Cellist at Snow Pond Music FestivalIsraeli musician Michal Schmidt has been a double major instrumentalist throughout her career. Her early musical training took place in Israel at the Rubin Academy of Music / Tel Aviv University and the Royal Academy of Music in London England. There, she was the only student in the history of the school to receive Artist Diplomas for two instruments in one year. In the US, Michal studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the University of the Arts (Masters Degree). She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Temple University. Ms. Schmidt won numerous awards and scholarships in both piano and cello including stipends from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation and the Israeli Arts Council; she received the Harold Samuels and Tobias Matthay piano awards of the Royal Academy of Music and more. She currently teaches  in the Philadelphia area; at Haverford and Bryn Mawr colleges as well as at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Philadelphia Network of New Music, the Hildegard Chamber Players as well as Trio Camille and Piano4. Michal has established a yearly recital series named TRIBUTE with the goal of performing solo and chamber music being written now. Many of the works are by composers with whom she has collaborated closely. Among those represented in the series are Osvaldo Golijov, Richard Wernick, Margaret Garwood, Jay Reise and Sylvia Glickman.  Michal spent numerous summers teaching at NEMC and recently joined the faculty of SummerTrios in Pennsylvania and the Lakeside Chamber Music Workshop in Illinois.