Johan Schmidt
piano | Belgium, °1964
 
PIANO 1987 : Fourth Prize
Pupil of Master Eduardo del Pueyo, Johan Schmidt then improved his talent with Master Karl-Heinz Kammerling. A brillliant laureate of numerous international music contests, he has won accolades in the Queen Elisabeth Competition (4th place and Public Prize), the Maria Callas Contest (Athens, 1st), the Tchaikovsky Comptetition (Moscow, 3rd), the Japan Competition (Tokyo, 1st) and 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.

His chamber music partners are Augustin Dumay, the Malher Piano Quartet, the American String Quartet, Eyal Shiloach, David Cohen, Ronald Van Spaendonck. Johan Schmidt is a founder member of the Artis Piano Trio, together with Eyal Shiloach and David Cohen. The trio toured Israel in the fall of 2010, with concerts in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv.

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 Mons Conservatory (Belgium), he regularly gives Master Classes in several European countries and in China (Qingdao University of Science & Technology).
Audio
Program
Final (27/05/1987)
Piet Swerts Rotations
Igor Stravinsky Chez Petrouchka
Sergey Prokofiev Concerto n. 2 in G minor op. 16
Johan Schmidt, piano
National Orchestra of Belgium, dir. Georges Octors
Semi-final (12/05/1987)
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue n. 5 in D major BWV 874
Willy Carron Paesaggi con Bach
Franz Liszt Sonata in B minor
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata n. 21 in C major op. 53
Johan Schmidt, piano
Relive the performances of Cello 2022
H.M. Queen Mathilde
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