William Schmidt has worked extensively as accompanist, solo and chamber pianist, music director, composer and teacher. He completed a Master of Music Performance at the University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts with distinction in piano performance at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität in Vienna, Austria. William's teachers have included Julia Breen, Glenn Riddle, and Dr. Johannes Kropfitsch.
William has been concerto soloist with the University of Melbourne Faculty of Music Orchestra and the Preston and Zelman Symphony Orchestras, and has performed on air many times for radio stations 3MBS and ABC Classic FM, both of which have broadcast his compositions on numerous occasions. He has also been composer-in-residence for the Camberwell Music Society.
First prizes include the Australian Youth Piano Recital, the National Pharmacies Piano Concerto Competition, the Musical Society of Victoria’s David Henkels Award for composition, the Grainger Composition Prize, and many eisteddfod sections.