The organist Christian Schmitt to perform in Ventspils

05.11.2021 - 10:44
On Sunday, 21 November, the charismatic and brilliant organist Christian Schmitt from Germany will give a concert in Ventspils, in the Concert Hall “Latvija”.
The organist Christian Schmitt to perform in Ventspils
Since his debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle and the Salzburg Festival with the mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, Christian Schmitt has become one of the world's most sought-after organists. During this season, he is the "Artist in Focus" of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, as well as curator of the International Organ Days, and inaugurates the new concert hall organ under the direction of the conductor Paavo Järvi. He is also "Artist in Residence" at the Augsburg National Theatre and the Principal Organist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.

As any other artist, whose representatives, audience, and concert organizers do not hesitate to describe him as a virtuoso, brilliant, and "one of a kind", his creative achievements include a number of performances in concert halls, festivals, and musical collaborations with the top performers, conductors, and soloists (including Daniel Barenboim, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, and many others). His personality traits as a seeker and a kind of mediator, appealing for the audience, should be particularly pointed out. Christian Schmitt is not only eager to share his knowledge and playing skills as a guest lecturer and permanent organ teacher at the Codarts University for the Arts in Rotterdam, but also as an expert, providing consultations on organ reconstruction and manufacturing of new instruments in Berlin, Nuremberg, Zurich, Lucerne, and Brno. His latest projects include also digital organ sampling at the Essen Philharmonic, in collaboration with the acousticians from the Netherlands. As a result, the sound of the Essen organ can now be heard practically anywhere around the world. All of the above, as well as the knowledge and skills of this master of organ will give additional intriguing edge to the upcoming opuses by Johann Sebastian Bach, Arvo Pärt, Jean Langlais, and other composers. Indeed, according to a review in the Wellington Post, "his readings of Bach are remarkable. Not distant and fuzzy to make one feel safer, but rather illuminating and subtle." 

Given that the decision on restrictions for public events after 15 November is still pending, tickets for live broadcast of the concert from the Concert Hall "Latvia" are available at all sales points of "Biļešu Paradīze". If the regulations governing the epidemiological situation are favourable for attending public events in person, the tickets for the concert will be available on 21 November, at 17:00 o'clock, at the Concert Hall "Latvija".

Solo performance by Christian Schmitt Kristiana in the Glagolitic Mass by Leoš Janáček: