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 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall to great applause.
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 in the Russian Federation.
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. Maestro 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-Pierr’s recordings have been well received by critics and the public alike and his afﬁnity for the art of accompanying a soloist comes through. In 2003 Schmitt recorded both concertii for cello by Josef Haydn with cellist Ariane Lallemand and The French-American Chamber Orchestra. Later, in 2008, he recorded The Classical Saxophone: A French Love Story with Orchestre Pasdeloup and saxophonist Javier Oviedo. In 2012 Maestro Schmitt recorded with the St Luke’s Chamber Orchestra.