»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.
For the past three seasons, Christian Schmitt has been curating the Bamberg Symphony’s organ series, inviting the great names of his field, as well as promising young organists, to perform 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.
A special feature of the series are the »Orgel plus« concerts, in which the Joseph Keilberth Hall’s majestic Jann organ can be heard alongside other instruments, played by members of our Orchestra. In the forthcoming season they are Solo Trombonist Angelos Kritikos, our Second Concertmaster Harald Strauss-Orlovsky, trumpeters Lutz Randow, Markus Mester, Thomas Forstner, Till Weser and Johannes Trunk, as well as our Solo Timpanist Holger Brust. Our Principal Organist can be heard as soloist in a special Advent concert, for which he’ll be joined by the Brno Czech Philharmonic Chamber Choir and vocal soloists.