»principal organist« Christian Schmitt
Our "Principal Organist" Christian Schmitt has long been one of the most sought-after organists of his generation. He has already given several concerts in the Berlin Philharmonic, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Musikverein Vienna, the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles or the Suntory Hall of Tokyo, at the Rheingau or the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Manfred Honeck, Philippe Herreweghe or also Jakub Hrůša. In the 2020/2021 season he will make his debuts with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic.
He has been curating our organ concert series for five seasons now, bringing the greats in his field, soloists of the orchestra as well as international young organists to Bamberg time and again. Christian Schmitt demonstrates his repertoire curiosity in Bamberg not only as artistic director of our organ series, but also by making music himself: this season together with our orchestra under the direction of honorary conductor Christoph Eschenbach, another time with the Symphonic Choir Bamberg. For him and his guests, an organ from Georg Jann is available in the Joseph Keilberth Hall of our concert hall, which has just been completely overhauled after 25 years.
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.