Eric Schneider studied the piano and mathematics. At the age of twenty-two he passed his solo diploma with distinction at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, and then decided to take a postgraduate course in lied interpretation with Hartmut Höll. He received important guidance for his career from the pianists Paul Badura-Skoda and Alfred Brendel and the singers Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. As a complement to his training as a pianist, he also studied conducting with Rolf Reuter in Berlin.
Eric Schneider has appeared in Europe, America, and Asia, notably with the singers Christine Schäfer, Matthias Goerne, Christiane Oelze, and Stephan Genz. He is a regular guest with these partners at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, the Salzburg Festival, and the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival. In addition to his recordings with Christiane Oelze and Matthias Goerne, he has had two highly praised recent releases on ONYX with the soprano Christine Schäfer: Schubert’s Winterreise in 2006, followed by a recital of songs by Henry Purcell and George Crumb.
Eric Schneider also devotes an increasing amount of time to solo literature and to chamber music. Alongside his concert career, he teaches pianists and singers both privately and at various conservatories.