“Schmitt found colours to marvel at.”

(Wiener Zeitung)

Organ virtuoso Christian Schmitt is undoubtedly one of the most charismatic and internationally sought-after concert organists and chamber music partners of today.

He performs regularly with well-known conductors and soloists including Sir Simon Rattle, Phillipe Herreweghe, Jakub Hrůša, Marek Janowski, Manfred Honeck, Magdalena Kožena, Martin Grubinger, Juliane Banse or Michael Volle. He has performed in renowned venues including Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, Musikverein Vienna, Kölner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Zurich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Konzerthaus Vienna, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall St. Petersburg, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Moscow, Maison Symphonique Montreal, Melbourne Town Hall or the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. Schmitt has upcoming concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Radio Symphony Orchestras of NDR, MDR, RSB, SR, WDR, ORF or NSO Taiwan and will perform at the Lucerne and Salzburg festivals.

Highlights of the season 2018/19 include invitations as soloist with Staatskapelle Berlin and Sir Simon Rattle, solo recitals at the Philharmonie de Luxembourg, Philharmonie Essen, Bachfest Leipzig, and a solo recital tour of Japan, and collaborations with the with Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and the Bamberg and Nürnberg Symphony.

In 2018, Christian Schmitt performed at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg for the third time. In 2017, he played the world premiere of the work ‘Embrace – Light and Shadow’ for organ and orchestra by Toshio Hosokawa at the Kölner Philharmonie and appeared as soloist with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg under Kent Nagano at the Elbphilharmonie. Since 2014, Christian Schmitt has been principal organist of Bamberg Symphony.

Schmitt’s discography contains roughly 40 recordings and is proof of his versitiliy in programming and playing. He is also recognized as an international guest lecturer and organ consultant. Christian Schmitt studied church music and concert performance at the University of Music Saarbrücken, and organ with James David Christie in Boston and with Daniel Roth in Paris.


Christian Schmitt is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at Dorn Music.

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December 2018

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Janáček: Organ Solo from Glagolitic Mass

Liszt: Fantasie und Fuge über “Ad nos ad salutarem undam”

Vivaldi: Concerto in G major RV 310, for Trumpet and Organ

Jongen: Symphonie Concertante for Organ and orchestra, op.81

Title: Bach 333
Composer: J.S. Bach
Other Artists: 
Released: 2018
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Title: Joseph Jongen: Symphonie Concertante for Organ and Orchestra op.81
Composer: J. Jongen
Other Artists: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Martin Haselböck- conductor
Released: 2016
Label: Classic Produktion Osnabrück (cpo)

Title: Prayer
Composer: Various
Other Artists: Magdalena Kozena – mezzo-soprano
Released: 2014
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Title: Charles-Marie Widor: Symphonie Nr.3 op.69 for Organ & Orchestra
Composer: C. M. Widor
Other Artists: Bamberg Symphony, Stefan Solyom – conductor
Released: 2012
Label: Classic Produktion Osnabrück (cpo)

Title: Charles Koechlin; Organ Works
Composer: Ch. Koechlin
Other Artists: 
Released: 2011
Label: Classic Produktion Osnabrück (cpo)

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