Praised for his precision and elegance at the podium, conductor Jean-Pierre Schmitt was trained in the purest French conducting tradition under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, the late maestro Jean Fournet. In June 2013 he lead the premier of a new work by Hélène Rasquier at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall to great applause. Maestro Schmitt is admired by the orchestra members he has conducted and possesses a rare ability to convey his musical insights to the performers.
In France, Mr. Schmitt worked with the Conservatory Paris V Youth Orchestras and the International Orchestra in Paris. He has since conducted around the world as an invited guest on several occasions to lead both the Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Macedonia, the National Orchestra of Moldova, and the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Oryol (Russian Federation), The Philharmonic Orchestra of Honduras, and The Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra.
Soon after his arrival in the United States, Maestro Schmitt was invited to conduct the Classic Chamber Orchestra of Connecticut and the New York Lawyers’ Orchestra. He also lead The Monte Vista Chamber Orchestra in Texas and The Louisiana Chamber Orchestra. Schmitt is the founder of The French-American Chamber Orchestra in New York, performing on New York’s finest stages including the United Nations, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.
Jean-Pierre Schmitt’s recordings have been well received by critics and the public alike and his affinity for the art of accompanying a soloist comes through.
Schmitt is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Classical Saxophone Project, based in New York City.
Javier Oviedo, saxophone. City of Prague Philharmonic (MSR Classics)
- H. Rasquier. Samsara, concerto for soprano/alto saxophones, City of Prague Philharmonic(MSR Classics)
"Natural talent, excellent education, and experience allowed [Jean-Pierre Schmitt] to create a miracle with our orchestra within just one week. " - Oryol Press