Rie Schmidt is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College Conservatory. She teaches at The Allen-Stevenson School, The Bloomingdale School of Music
and The 92nd Street Y
. She has received Suzuki certification from the East Tennessee Suzuki Flute Institute International, the Great Lakes Suzuki Flute Institute in Hamilton, ONT and Suzuki in the Berkshires in Williamstown, NY. She has also studied with master teacher and founder of the Suzuki Flute Method, Toshio Takahashi in the US and Japan.
In 1983, she gave her Carnegie Recital Hall debut as a winner of the Artists International Competition. Ms. Schmidt is a member of the Westchester Philharmonic and the American Symphony and performs regularly with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra and many Broadway shows. She and her husband, guitarist Benjamin Verdery, concertize as a duo throughout the US and Europe, and have recorded two CDs of music for flute and guitar. She is a founding member of Flute Force
, a flute quartet, which has three CDs Flute Force (CRI), Pastorale (VAI) and Eyewitness (innova). Her publications include Ravel's "Daphnis and Chloé
" (McGinnis and Marx) arranged for flute quintet, and Barber's Adagio (Schirmer Music). Ms. Schmidt was the president of the New York Flute Club from 1995-98 and is currently the Treasurer.