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Christopher Schmitt, piano at the International Student House

Date(s) - 11/19/2016
7:00 pm - 9:15 pm

International Student House




Christopher Schmitt graduated from The Juilliard School with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in May of 2016. Mr. Schmitt also holds a Masters degree from Juilliard as the recipient of the John and Henry Steinway Scholarship, the Susan W. Rose Fellowship, and the Richard S. Becker Scholarship, and received a Bachelor of Music degree from the school in 2009. Prior to his arrival at Juilliard, Mr. Schmitt studied piano under the direction of Patricia Zander at The New England Conservatory as the recipient of the Dorothy Hinton-Congleton Memorial Scholarship, and earlier with Marjorie Lee in Vienna, Virginia.

In the summer of 2008, Mr. Schmitt attended The Music Academy of the West, a full scholarship music program in Santa Barbara, California. While at the Academy, he won the concerto competition and, during his performance of Liszt’s Piano concerto No. 1, was hailed as a “formidable talent” and “mature beyond his years” by the Santa Barbara News-Press. Also while at the Academy, Mr. Schmitt performed Debussy’s two-piano piece En Blanc et Noir with Juilliard faculty member Jerome Lowenthal. Both performances took place at the Lobero Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara.

While pursuing his studies, Mr. Schmitt was the recipient of the scholarship offered by the Chopin Foundation of the United States. In October of 2006, Mr. Schmitt was sponsored by the foundation to perform a full recital in Gusman Concert Hall in Miami. Mr. Schmitt has also performed many recitals in the Boston, New York, and Washington DC areas and in masterclasses given by esteemed pianists such as André Watts, Thomas Schumacher and Stephen Hough. Additionally, Mr. Schmitt has soloed with numerous orchestras in the Virginia area such as the Little River Symphony and the Richmond Philharmonic.

In 2004, Mr. Schmitt was invited by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) to spend a week in Miami with nineteen other musicians across the nation to compete at the Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS). While in Miami, he received the Level I Award (sponsored by the Gibson Foundation and Baldwin Pianos). Since then, he has performed for the Foundation at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Congressional Club in Washington DC, in Annapolis, MD, and several times at their headquarters in Miami, FL.

Mr. Schmitt has been active as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician from a young age; his piano trio was named first place winner of the International Chamber Ensemble Competition (under the sponsorship of the Chamber Music Foundation of New England) and as such performed in May of 2005 in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Schmitt continues to actively pursue chamber music; he studied in the summer of 2005 with renowned violinists Itzhak Perlman and Donald Weilerstein at the Perlman Music Program, and in the summer of 2007 attended the full-scholarship festival, Kneisel Hall, in Maine. In the summer of 2011, Mr. Schmitt attended Music at Menlo, a chamber music institute led by David Finckel and Wu Han, directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Schmitt has performed for the last three summers in the chamber music festival in Spain, Malaga Clasica, and this summer, performed in the inaugural year of his own chamber music series, Classics in Catalan.

Mr. Schmitt has been the recipient of several Educational Outreach Fellowships at Juilliard including the Gluck Community Service Fellowship and the Concert Fellowship. Through the Gluck Fellowship, Mr. Schmitt presents programs to audiences in nursing homes and homeless shelters while through the Concert Fellowship, he conducts music appreciation courses to students in inner city public schools. Additionally, Mr. Schmitt has maintained small private teaching studios during his time in the Boston, New York, and Washington DC metropolitan areas.

Mr. Schmitt is resident pianist in the President’s Own US Marine Band, an ensemble which both performs public concerts in the Washington DC metropolitan area, and fulfills the musical needs of the White House. While performing Shostakovich’s Trio No 2 and the Messaien Quartet for the End of Time at the Phillips Collection, the Watshington Post said of Schmitt’s playing, “Carefully colored” and “Sensitive” The varied musical demands of such a position enable Mr. Schmitt to lead a truly multi-faceted career as soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue.  He currently resides in Washington DC. Program: Schubert, Beethoven and Chopin- Only $25/reception.