Johan Schmidt Biography
Johan Schmidt, one of Belgium famous pianists, acquired his reputation through his virtuosity as much as through his sensitiveness. Pupil of Master Eduardo del Prey, he then improved his talent with Master Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. A brilliant laureate of numerous international music contests, he has won accolades in
• the Queen Elizabeth Competition (Brussels, 4th place and Public Prize)
• the Maria Callas Contest (Athens, 1st)
• the Tchaikovsky Comptetition (Moscow, 3rd)
• the Japan Competition (Tokyo, 1st)
• the Van Cliburn Piano Contest (USA, 4th)
Johan Schmidt has been awarded the Rotary Club’s Leonardo da Vinci Prize for young Europeans.
Apart from being a frequent guest of the best Belgian orchestras (Belgian National Orchestra, Liège Philharmonic and Royal Flemish Philharmonic), Johan Schmidt also performs with the New Japan Philharmonic, the Athens Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Ukraine Symphony, the RTL Orchestra and the “Orchestre National de France” conducted by P. Bartholomée, J. Semkov, K. Takaseki, T. Bloomfield, K.A. Richenbacker, F. Schipway, P. Daniel, G. Neuhold and J.C. Casadesus. His reputation as a soloist has taken him to such prestigious venues as the Gasteig in Munich, Schauspielhaus in Berlin, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Châtelet in Paris, Suntory and Casals Halls in Tokyo, Symphony Hall in Osaka, Rachmaninov Theater in Moscow, Herode Aticus Theater in Athens, Bozar in Brussels, the Tel Aviv Museum and the Shanghai Expo 2010, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Dailan Grand Théâtre, Quindao Grand Théâtre, Paris Théâtre de la ville, Nice Monastère de Cimiez.
His chamber music partners are Augustin Dumay, the Malher Piano Quartet, the American String Quartet, Eyal Shiloach, David Cohen, Ronald Van Spaendonck.
Johan Schmidt has made a number of CD recordings for EMI, Fontec (Japan), EMS, Musica Numeris (Cyprès), Azur Classical, Le Chant de Linos... His favorite repertoire includes Franz Liszt, the Russian composers and Beethoven. His performances have been broadcasted nationwide by the American Public Broadcasting Service Network, German ZDF, Japanese NHK, the Belgian Flemish and French-speaking channels (VRT and RTBF) and the French channel TV5.
Johan Schmidt is also a very appreciated teacher. Professor in the Royal Brussels Conservatory (Belgium) and Senzoku University in Tokyo, he regularly gives Master Classes in several European countries and in China (Qingdao University of Science & Technology),Shanghai, Japan ( sendai piano forum,Tokyo,Nagoya )Croatia(laus academy )france (académie d’été du grand nancy,académie d’hiver du grand paris )Belgium (the international piano week in wavre ), Académie international d’été de Nice, Académie d’été du grand Nancy, Luxembourg masterclass.
For his 2018 China Tour; a CD will be dedicated to Schumman and Lizst was on sale in China from March. This year also, the Label Azur Classical will release a CD dedicated to Poulenc four hands works with the pianist Jun Kanno. Several other recording projects will be available soon.
2018 is fulfilled and vibrant year for Johan. He was member of the Jurly on Manhattan Piano Competition in Carnegie Hall and performed at the Theatre de la Ville in Paris.
His next performances will be at Brussels Festival, Classic Music Festival in Nice and at The Festival of Wallonia. Johan will hold the Masterclasses in Luxembourg, Nice, Geneva, Paris and Tokyo.