NEW FINE ARTS presents artists and teachers who are wonderful musicians with international touring experience. These artists have been before the public for many years and they continue to bring complete satisfaction to audiences and critics alike.
Rodney Schmidt has had a long and varied professional career in higher education. As a professional violinist and violist, Schmidt has studied with many prominent musicians. He has performed solo recitals, concertos, and played with many orchestras. Dr. Schmidt's teaching emphasizes the development of musical potential through positive interaction with students. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he has held faculty and administrative positions at Clarion University (PA), Jacksonville University (FL), and East Carolina University (NC). Currently he is teaching violin and viola students in the western Wake County community of Apex, NC.
The Oberlin Trio has been touring internationally since 1982. The Trio enthralls audiences with the traditional repertoire, more unusual works by contemporary composers, and with lesser known works like the trios of Franck Bridge and Camille Saint-SaŽns. They have performed in concert halls, radio stations, and recording studios, enthralling their public from Yerevan, Armenia, to New York City, from the vineyards of the Napa Valley to the vineyards of Dresden, Germany. ". . . an extraordinary combination of passion and precision . . ." - THE NEW YORK TIMES
Guitarist Elliot Frank has appeared as solo recitalist, chamber musician, and as concerto soloist throughout the Americas and Europe. Critics and audiences alike have applauded him for his unique blend of powerful virtuosity, beautiful tone, and natural musicianship. first compact disc, South American Guitar Music, was recently released by ACA Digital Recordings. "The performer's attention to nuance, his dynamic depth and considerable dexterity were quickly established . . . sensitivity and superb technique." - RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH