Emma Schmidt was born in Vienna and completed her piano studies at the College of Music in Graz. She attended master classes given by Paul Badura-Skoda, Carlo Zecchi, Karl Engel and Sergio Lorenzi in Salzburg and Siena. A foreign scholarship took her to Venice for one year.
In 1969 she won the Bösendorfer Prize in Vienna,
in 1979 the first prize in the „Vittorio Gui“ chamber music competition in Florence.
After a period of teaching as a professor at the College of Music in Graz and Hannover she is now living in Vienna and devotes herself entirely to her solo career.
She won an outstanding reputation as a soloist in a succession of concerts with famous orchestras such as the Wiener Symphoniker, Mozarteumorch. Salzburg, Bruckner O. Linz, Radio-TV-Tchaikovsky-Moskau, Odessa Ph., Turku Ph. O., Royal Flanders Ph., O. Ph. de Nice, O.N. Buenos Aires, OSESP Sao Paulo, Petrobras Rio de Janeiro, O.S. Portuguesa, Gulbenkian Lisbon, Philharmonie Dresden, Karlsruhe, Halle , Bremen, Schwerin, Duisburg, Lübeck, Nürnberg, Kassel, Braunschweig, Magdeburg, Graz, Gelders O. Arnhem, O.S. Toscanini Parma, Teatro San Carlo Napoli, O.S. Siciliana, Bari, Lecce, Cagliari, Haydn-Bolzano, O.S. de Bilbao, A Coruña, Ph.O. Beograd, Radio-TV Zagreb, Radio-TV Ljubliana, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Changwon Ph.O., Colorado Music Festival 1999
She performed recitals and chamber music in Vienna, New York, Chicago, Salzburg, London, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Hannover, Brussels, Budapest, Warsaw, Belgrad, Zagreb, Istanbul, Rome, Milan, Turin , Florence, Segovia, Bilbao, Shanghai, Chongqing, Ningbo
Several tours brought her to Hongkong and Korea.
Radio productions with BBC, ORF, RAI, RNE, BR, NDR, SDR, SWF, SR, HR, mdr, Deutschlandradio
TV-concerts: ORF, ZDF, RAI, RTVE, BRT, Moscow TV
04 / 2002 Austrian Knight´s Cross of Honour for Science and Art