Karina Schmitz holds degrees from New England Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her early music studies began at Oberlin Conservatory with Marilyn McDonald, Miho Hashizume and David Breitman. She continued her training in the Apollo’s Fire Apprentice Program in Cleveland while serving as concertmaster of the Case Western Reserve University Baroque Orchestra. Based in Cleveland, Karina is currently principal violist with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, principal second violinist with Tempesta di Mare in Philadelphia, assistant-principal violist of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, and violist with New York State Baroque. She has played with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Boston Camerata, Blue Heron, Les Delices, the American Opera Theater in Washington, D.C., the Trinity Consort in Portland, OR, the Rutland Baroque Orchestra in Vermont, the Dryden Ensemble, and the Harvard Baroque Orchestra. Karina has recordings on the Chandos, Mode, Eclectra, Koch, AVIE, Tzadik and Artemis/Vanguard labels.