The German violinist, Wolfgang Schröder [Schroeder], began earliest studies with his parents. In 1980, Ana Chumachenko became his teacher and played a decisive role in his development as a violinist. At the early age of 17, he won the first prize at the German state competition Jugend musiziert (Youth makes music) and subsequently a scholarship at the International Menuhin Music Academy (IMMA). He has performed together with Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy, both as soloist and chamber musician in numerous European countries (Barbican Center, London), South America (Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires), and many other. After graduating from IMMA , he continued his studies at the Mozarteum University of Music in Salzburg under Professor Sandor Vegh, and thereafter at the Mannes School of Music in New York under Professor Aaron Rosand.
Wolfgang Schröder's solo career has included performances with the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic, Münchner Philharmoniker, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Czech Symphony Orchestra, Talich Chamber Orchestra, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Kammerorchester Basel, Rubinstein Phil harmony Lodz, Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Israel Soloists Ensemble, Athens State Orchestra, etc. He was also the artistic director of the European Community Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) from 1993 to 1995 and has performed a number of highly acclaimed concert tours worldwide. He has worked with conductors like Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrey Boreyko, Daniel Raiskin, Simon Gaudenz,, to name just a few.
As an active chamber musician, in 1992 Wolfgang Schröder founded the Belcanto String Trio and from 1996 to 2005 has regularly performed as the violinist of the Trio Parnassus. In September 2001 the Trio Parnassus received the prestigious Echo Classic Award for their complete recording of Robert Schumann's piano trios.
As soloist and chamber player Wolfgang Schröder performs in musical centers such as the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Vienna Konzerthaus, at the “Great Performers Series“ at Lincoln Center New York, at the Frick Collection Museum New York at the “Masters Series“ in London`s Wigmore Hall, at the London Barbican Hall, the Megaron Musikis of Athens and at Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
Wolfgang Schröder’s chamber music partners include artists like among others Wenzel Fuchs, Eduard Brunner, Charles Neidich, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Benjamin Schmid, Alex Karr, Cyprien Katsaris, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Daniel Raiskin, Ramon Jaffe, Levon Chilingirian and Gustav Rivinius. He also has been regularly invited to major chamber music festivals such as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, Open Chamber Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove (England), Hopfgarten Festival (Austria), Moritzburg Festival in Germany, West Cork Festival in Ireland, Umea and Bostad Festivals (Sweden), International Music Festival Middelburg (Holland) , Euriade Festival in Aachen, Germany, International Festival of Echternach (Luxemburg) and Ojika Festival (Japan). Since 1998 he has been artistic director of the Camerata Stuttgart. Appearances with the Camerata Stuttgart include performances in prestigious concert halls like the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Megaron Music Hall of Athens , Liederhalle of Stuttgart and Dortmund Opera House.
Wolfgang Schröder has made recordings for MDG, Divox, Ars Production, Thorofon, Symicon and CPO labels. Since 2005 he is 1st Concertmaster of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.
Wolfgang Schröder plays on a violin by Jean Baptist Vuillaume from 1857. Since January 2005, he is Concertmaster of Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. He got married in 2012 and currently lives in Nicosia, Cyprus.