»principal organist« Christian Schmitt
One of the most fascinating organists of his generation, Christian Schmitt has enjoyed great success in concerts and recitals the world over. He plays the organ’s great Romantic literature as well as Baroque repertoire, and is well known and much in demand as an expert in a wide range of contemporary music. His CD of organ symphonies by Charles-Marie Widor, recorded with our Orchestra, won an ECHO Klassik award in 2013 – which also made Christian Schmitt the obvious choice for the post of the Orchestra’s Principal Organist.
Here in Bamberg, Christian Schmitt demonstrates his curiosity about repertoire both as curator of our organ recital series and in his own performances. To help him, he has the Joseph Keilberth Hall’s organ, built by the firm of Georg Jann, which will be heard in all its many-faceted majesty both on its own and with other instruments and voices.
For instance, on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Christian Schmitt joins the soprano Sibylla Rubens and our Principal Concert Master Bart Vandenbogaerde in a festive Christmas programme. With the Bamberg Symphony Choir, our Principal Organist will perform Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. And our Clarinet Soloist Christoph Müller, and Bassoon Soloist Pierre Martens, will show also off their instruments’ tone colours alongside the Jann organ.