Rie Schmidt is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College Conservatory. She teaches flute at 92nd Street Y, The Bloomingdale School of Music, the Allen-Stevenson School in New York City and the Suzuki Music School in Westport, CT. She has received Suzuki flute 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.
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 has performed 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.