»principal organist« Christian Schmitt
Our "Principal Organist" Christian Schmitt has long been one of the most sought-after artists of his guild worldwide. He regularly performs in the world's most important concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Suntory Hall, the Vienna Musikverein, the Gewandhaus Leipzig or the Maison Symphonique Montréal. He has worked with conductors and soloists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Herreweghe, Jakub Hruša, Marek Janowski, Cornelius Meister, Manfred Honeck, Thomas Hampson and Michael Volle.
Recent highlights include his debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performances with the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim, the Japanese premiﬀère of Toshio Hosokawa's "Embrace - Light and Shadow" with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall.
In 2021 Christian Schmitt also took over the professorship for artistic organ playing at Codarts University in Rotterdam and inaugurated the new organ as "Artist in Focus" of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under the direction of Paavo Järvi. Highlights of the coming season include his debut at Carnegie Hall New York under Dennis Russell Davies, with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach, and in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's organ series.
Christian Schmitt has been curating the organ series for seven years now and regularly invites the great masters of the organ for our concerts.
This season he welcomes Evan Bogerd (Westerkerk Amsterdam), Gabriele Agrimonti (prizewinner St Albans and Haarlem), Karol Mossakowski (titular organist of Lille Cathedral), Tobias Lindner (Prof. at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis) and Jeremy Joseph (Prof. University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna). He himself will be in Bamberg as a soloist in February 2023 and will perform Camille Saint-Saëns "Organ Symphony" in March 2023 under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach. Schmitt and his guests will have access to a four-manual organ from Georg Jann in the Joseph Keilberth Hall, which was completely overhauled in 2018.