The German violinist, Gertrud Schilde, studied in Munich at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (University of Music and Performing Arts), in Chicago at the Northern Illinois University Dekalb, in Salzburg at the Universität Mozarteum and also in Sydney, Australia. In Munich she studied violin under Ana Chumachenco, where she gained her diploma with honours and subsequently completed her “Meisterklasse”. She had additional chamber music studies under Michael Schäfer and Franz Beyer among others; and extended studies in violin and chamber music in Chicago (Shmuel Ashkenasi and the Vermeer-Quartet), in Salzburg, and in Sydney under Uzi Wiesel. She has participated in international master-classes under Herman Krebbers, Valerij Klimov, Saschko Gawriloff and Nicolas Chumachenco to name a few. She was a scholarship holder of the Yehudi-Menuhin-Foundation "live music now" and the "Richard-Wagner-Verband", and a prize-winner at international competitions.
Gertrud Schilde has performed as a soloist and chamber musician principally in recitals. She has also been invited to perform throughout Europe, Japan, Korea, Central and South America as well as the USA by the following institutions: Goethe-Institut, Juventudes musicale, ProArte Tokyo, Daigaku Geidai University Tokyo, Elisabeth University Hiroshima, Nagoya College of Music, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She has received invitations to perform as a soloist and chamber musician at prestigious international festivals such as the Rheingau-Festival (Germany), Shira Music Festival Eilat (Israel), Bowdoin Summer Music Festival (USA), Baalbek Music Festival (Lebanon), Schubertiade Roskilde (Denmark), Gustav-Mahler-Festival Toblach (Italy), Pasionska Bastina Zagreb (Croatia), Ruhr-Klavier-Festival (Ruhr Piano Festival, Germany), Munich Biennale, ADEvangarde, Festivo, Festspiel+ (Munich Opera Festival), Festival für neue Musik Bayreuth, Jazzfestival Leipzig.
Gertrud Schilde has performed as concert master with various ensembles playing both contemporary and non European music. She has played with the likes of the Modern String Quartet, Schorsch Camerun, Johannes Enders, Ibrahim Ferrer, Sheik Arabi Farag, Carlo Fashion, zignorii++, and Edith Salmen. She has participated in premieres and first nights with amongst others: Alfred Schnittke, Bernd Franke, Tristan Murail, Jörg Widmann, Ennio Morricone, Hans-Jürgen von Bose, Masahiro Yamauchi, Norio Fukushi, Wilhelm Killmayer, Gloria Coats, Dieter Acker, Carl Oesterhelt. she has collaborated in music/literature evenings with authors and actors such as Frido Mann, Gert Heidenreich, Sylvia Patsch, Senta Berger and Peter Weiß; ans particpated in theatre-musical collaboration in productions for the Munich Kammerspiele, Residenztheater Munich, Ruhrtriennale, Brandherde Amsterdam, Theatertreffen Berlin, under directors such as Dieter Dorn, Schorsch Camerun and Johan Simons.
Gertrud Schilde's artistry is documented in radio, television and CD recordings in Germany and abroad for: BR Klassik, DeutschlandRadio, NHK Tokyo, Radio Mexico, Radio Italiana, Arte, Sony, Genuin, Coviello, Hausmusik, and Alien Transistor.
In the filed of education, Gertrud Schilde has held a master-class at the Nagoya College of Music and teaches both violin and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (University of Music and Performing Arts Munich) since 2002. She also is dedicated to her students as a private teacher. She currently lives in Munich, Germany.