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"Schmitt found colours to marvel at" 

- (Wiener Zeitung)

Christian Schmitt

Organist, Germany

With invitations from the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Salzburg Festival and the Musikverein Vienna, ECHO award winner Christian Schmitt is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after concert organists of our time.


Schmitt has forthcoming concerts with Kent Nagano at the Elbphilharmonie, Kristjan Järvi (MDR Sinfonieorchester), Martin Haselböck (Musikverein Vienna), Michael Volle (Mozarteum Salzburg) among others. 


Concert tours have taken him to many European countries, as well as China, Japan and Canada. Schmitt is the Principal Organist of the Bamberg Symphony Hall and the artistic director of the organ concert series. He will play the world premier of a new concerto for organ and orchestra by Toshio Hosokawa at the Kölner Philharmonie in 2017, a piece which was written especially for him. 


His discography comprises around 35 solo recordings for labels including Deutsche Grammophon. The CD on the label together with Magdalena Kožená was released in 2014. Schmitt’s recording of Widor’s organ symphonies was awarded with an ECHO Klassik award in 2013. His latest Album together with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern under Martin Haselböck, was released in July 2016 under the label cpo and features works by Joseph Jongen.

Christian Schmitt’s great passion is the extensive romantic organ repertoire, yet his artistic spectrum goes far beyond that. He has given concerts on many of the historic organs of Europe. He has recorded the complete organ works of Handel and Brixi and performed at the Bachwoche Ansbach and Arp-Schnitger-Festival in Groningen in 2015. At the same time, the German organist makes full use of the developments made to his instrument over the centuries and also devotes himself to contemporary repertoire.

Christian Schmitt has given concerts around the globe, including the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Tonhalle Zurich, Berlin Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Vienna Konzerthaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, Philharmonie Cologne, Maison Symphonique de Montréal, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall St. Petersburg, House of Music Moscow and most recently at the Vienna Musikverein. He has performed with NSO Taiwan, Berlin Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, leading radio orchestras (NDR, RSB, MDR, WDR, SR and RSO Vienna), Camerata Salzburg and Staatskapelle Weimar under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Marin Alsop, Philippe Herreweghe, Cornelius Meister, Martin Haselböck and Giovanni Antonini.

The organist and arranger loves to experiment with programming and is also well- known to concert audiences through his varied chamber music projects, which include Lieder recitals and performances with Magdalena Kožená, Michael Volle, Juliane Banse and Sibylla Rubens, Hille Perl, Gábor Tarkövi, Matthias Höfs, Reinhold Friedrich and Martin Grubinger.

Christian Schmitt studied church music and concert performance at the University of Music Saarbrücken, and organ with James David Christie in Boston and Daniel Roth in Paris. He also studied musicology and catholic theology at Saarland University. Alongside his teaching functions, Christian Schmitt is a member of numerous international music competition juries, served as organ consultant for the restauration of the organ of the Berlin Philharmonie (2010-12), and is a committed member of the “Rhapsody in School” project, which introduces children to classical music through school visits from world class musicians.

Discography

- Joseph Jongen: Symphonie Concertante for Organ and Orchestra op.81 (2016)

   With Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Martin Haselböck- conductor

- Prayer (2014)

   With Magdalena Kozena – mezzo-soprano

- Charles-Marie Widor: Symphonie Nr.3 op.69 for Organ & Orchestra (2012)

   With Bamberg Symphony, Stefan Solyom – conductor

- Charles Koechlin; Organ Works (2011)

More information: http://www.christianschmitt.info/diskografie

Solo

Repertoire

Johann Sebastian Bach

Fantasy and Fugue c-moll BWV 537

Praeludium Es Dur BWV 552,1

“Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot” BWV 678

Fugue in e-flat Major BWV 552,2

Passacaglia BWV 582

Dieterich Buxtehude

Ciacona in C minor BuxWV159

“Vater unser im Himmelreich” BuxWV 219

 

Carl Philip Emanuel Bach

Sonata for Organ D Major Wq 70 No. 5

Allegro di molto/Allegro é mesto/Allegro

 

Cesar Franck

Choral Nr. 2 h-Moll

 

Toshio Hosokawa

Cloudscape (2000)

 

Felix Mendelssohn

Sonata No. 1 f minor

Sonata in A Major, op. 65,3

Trauermarsch – Lied ohne Worte, op. 62/3, edited by S. Karg-Elert

 

Gustav Merkel

Variations on a Theme by Beethoven op. 45

Recital programme with

Michael Volle (Baritone)

Franz Schubert

“Harfenspieler I” op. 12/1 - D 478

 

Antonín Dvořák

“Biblische Lieder” (Excerpt) op. 99

 

Josef Gabriel Rheinberger

“Sechs religiöse Gesänge” (Auswahl) op. 157

Max Reger

Fantasy on the Choral “Wie schön leucht’ uns der Morgenstern” op. 40/1

Hugo Wolf

Aus “Gedichte von Eduard Mörike”: Nr. 28 “Gebet”

 

Hugo Wolf

Aus “Gedichte von Eduard Mörike”: Nr. 24 “In der Frühe”

 

Hugo Wolf

Aus “Spanisches Liederbuch”: Nr. 7 “Mühevoll komm’ ich und beladen”

Arvo Pärt

“Annum per annum” für Orgel

 

Programme for organ and

trumpet (Tamás Pálfalvi)

Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751): 11. Sonata in A major, from 12 Trattenimenti armonici Op.6, for trumpet and organ [10’]

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Great Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542, for organ solo [12’]

Händel meets Stockhausen:

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759): Water Music Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349, for trumpet and organ [9’]

Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007): Tierkreis, arr. for organ and trumpet (5 movements) [8’]

 

Intermission

 

Petr Eben (*1976): Ókna (Windows) for trumpet and organ [12’30’’]

- Movement 2: Zelene Okno (Green Window):

  Issachar. Andantino pastorale

- Movement 4: Zlate Okno (Golden Window):

  Levi. Festivo

Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Evocation á la Chapelle Sixtine, for organ solo [13’]

Robert Erickson (1917-1997): Kryl for trumpet solo [7’]

George Enescu (1881-1955): Légende for trumpet and organ [7’]

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