Schmidt is a concert pianist and harpsichordist and a prolific recitalist whose career as an artist and educator spans three decades and the continents of North and South America, Asia and Europe. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Schmidt began the study of music at the early age of five, studying music theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music and, at the age of six, piano with Robert Flanik. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University, a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, he has performed with a number of orchestras including the Ft. Dodge Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Suburban Symphonic Winds, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Schmidt was four times named Cultural Ambassador from the State of Iowa to China and Russia by Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad, and has served as a member and chair of the board of the Iowa Arts Council. He is the recipient of the Holmen Award for Professional Excellence by Waldorf College and twice received faculty study grants by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
Schmidt has three recordings, "Purely Piano," "Purely Piano-Advent," and "Music of the Baroque from Spain, France and Germany." These works are regularly featured on radio broadcasts, throughout the United States and abroad including Lutheran Vespers and the Protestant Hour of the Protestant Radio and Television Center. His recordings have won critical acclaim, including the coveted "Angel Award" in Christian Broadcasting. He records for the DRP/ Sunset label of the Vantage Group, a division of Christian Network International in Nashville, Tenn.
Schmidt served as Professor of Music and Piano at Waldorf College in Forest City, for over 33 years, where he is now Professor Emeritus of Music.