Sydney based violinist and violist, Karina Schmitz, holds degrees from New England Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her early music studies began at Oberlin Conservatory with Marilyn McDonald, Miho Hashizume and David Breitman. She continued her training in the Apollo’s Fire Apprentice Program in Cleveland while serving as concertmaster of the Case Western Reserve University Baroque Orchestra.
Karina is currently principal violist with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, principal second violinist with Tempesta di Mare, assistant-principal violist of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, and a founding violinist/violist with New York based 17th century ensemble ACRONYM. She also appears regularly with Les Délices, New York State Baroque, and Pegasus Early Music, and has performed with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Oregon Bach Festival, Boston Camerata, Blue Heron, TENET, the American Opera Theater in Washington, D.C., the Trinity Consort in Portland, OR, the Rutland Baroque Orchestra in Vermont, the Dryden Ensemble, and the Harvard Baroque Orchestra.