Born: July 15, 1870 - Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
Died: October 21, 1959 - Auerberg, Upper Bavaria, Germany
The German pianist, composer and university teacher, August Schmid-Lindner, was already a "decent organist"as a child of 10 years old. As a Munich high school student he was encouraged by Josef Rheinberger to study music. This promoted him as a teacher at the Akademie der Tonkunst in Munich together with the piano teacher Hans Bussmayer. Finally, he received lessons from Franz Liszt's student Sophie Menter. So began his career, which brought in 1889 his first major success with the award of the Mendelssohn Prize in Berlin. He was known as a concert pianist, chamber musician and conductor as well as an outstanding music educator.
In 1900, August Schmid-Lindner received a professorship at the Akademie der Tonkunst in Munich, which he held until 1939. Also, he was known by a chamber orchestra under his direction until 1939 in numerous concerts beyond Munich. He was also one of the founders of the Münchener Bach-Vereinigung (Munich Bach Association). He often collaborated with Max Reger, including on the edition of piano works by J.S. Bach (such as: Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV 903). He edited and published numerous scores in music publishers, especially Franz Liszt, as well as his own compositions. He was also friends with Waldemar Bonsels and Fritz Skorzeny.
As part of the Mozart-Woche (Mozart Week) of the German Reich in 1941, August Schmid-Lindner was commissioned to conduct the performance of W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte in Munich, whose dance performances, under the direction of the choreographer Senta Maria, by members of the school of Dorothee Günther, such as Lilo Ramdohr, were taken over.
In March 1953, August Schmid-Lindner was awarded the Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.