Ole  Schmidt

Ole Schmidt

(1928-2010)

Ole Schmidt was not only a composer, he was also a conducter, jazz pianist, educator and Carl Nielsen expert. Schmidt received a degree in piano, composition and conducting from The Royal Danish Academy of Music in 1952 and debuted as a composer and conductor in 1955.

Amongst others, Schmidt was at The Royal Danish Theatre from 1959-65, chief conductor of Hamburger Symphoniker 1969-70, Danish Radio Sinfonietta (1971-1974) and artistic director of Aarhus Symphony Orchestra 1978-84. In addition to that, he was a principal guest conductor at the Royal Northern College of Music i Manchester. In 1973 and 1974 he drew critical acclaim and international recognition when he became the first conductor to record as well as conduct a cycle of Carl Nielsen's symphonies performed by London Symphony Orchestra at Church of St. Giles. Ole Schmidt actually started his career as a jazz pianist and his production of music ranges from orchestra, chamber and choir music to theatre, ballet and film music. He famously composed the music for Carl Theodore Dreyer's 1928 silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc" in 1983, which he toured the world with. Ole Schmidt received the Carl Nielsen award.

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Dougie Scarfe, Chorus and Orchestra Director of Opera north, said about Ole Schmidt and his music for "The Passion of Joan of Arc":

"Schmidt was a wonderful conductor – he famously recorded the first complete cycle of Nielsen Symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra in the 60’s – but was also a distinguished jazz pianist, a great educator, a significant composer and hugely entertaining man to be around. He conducted his score for this film all over the world and when I originally talked about this film to our Projects Director Dominic Gray about five or six years ago, I had hoped that when we did it, Ole would conduct. Sadly the great man passed away recently. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to have played for the great Ole Schmidt on a number of occasions whilst at the RNCM, including Nielsen’s 4th Symphony and Janáček’s From the House of the Dead."

Available Works

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  1. Four Pieces for Classical Accordeon

    1992 • Ole Schmidt

    Solo

  2. The Passion of Joan of Arc (film score)

    1982 • Ole Schmidt

    Orchestra

  3. Fagotkoncert

    2007 • Ole Schmidt

    Orchestra

  4. Karnak

    1989 • Ole Schmidt

    2-6 Instruments

  5. Koncert for klarinet og kammerorkester

    2002 • Ole Schmidt

    Orchestra

  6. Blæserkvintet

    1991 • Ole Schmidt

    2-6 Instruments

  7. Fanfare

    2006 • Ole Schmidt

    2-6 Instruments

  8. Koncert for trompet og kammerorkester

    2008 • Ole Schmidt

    Orchestra

  9. Strygekvartet nr. 10

    2005 • Ole Schmidt

    2-6 Instruments

  10. Strygekvartet nr. 9

    2005 • Ole Schmidt

    2-6 Instruments

  11. Strygekvartet nr. 8

    2003 • Ole Schmidt

    2-6 Instruments

  12. Koncert for fløjte og strygeorkester

    1985 • Ole Schmidt

    Orchestra

  13. Dobbeltkoncert for violin og accordeon

    2005 • Ole Schmidt

    Orchestra

  14. Kvintet for messingblæsere

    1990 • Ole Schmidt

    2-6 Instruments

  15. Sonate for violin og klaver

    2004 • Ole Schmidt

    2-6 Instruments

  16. Kammerkvintet

    2004 • Ole Schmidt

    2-6 Instruments

  17. Koncert for cello og orkester

    2005 • Ole Schmidt

    Orchestra

  18. Koncert for obo og kammerorkester

    1994 • Ole Schmidt

    Orchestra

  19. Dobbeltkoncert for obo og cello

    2004 • Ole Schmidt

    Orchestra

  20. Concertino for klaver og orkester

    2004 • Ole Schmidt

    Orchestra

  21. Café / café

    1992 • Ole Schmidt

    2-6 Instruments

  22. Hommage à Stravinsky

    1985 • Ole Schmidt

    Orchestra

  23. Nonet

    2005 • Ole Schmidt

    7+ Instruments

  24. Divertimento for kammerorkester

    2000 • Ole Schmidt

    Orchestra

  25. Sinfonietta for symfoniske blæsere

    2004 • Ole Schmidt

    Orchestra

  26. Sonata for Viola and Piano

    1992 • Ole Schmidt

    2-6 Instruments

  27. Triosonate

    1992 • Ole Schmidt

    2-6 Instruments

  28. Kantate 2000

    1999 • Ole Schmidt

    Orchestra

  29. Accordion Concerto No. 2

    1964 • Ole Schmidt

    7+ Instruments

  30. Toccata No. 2

    1963 • Ole Schmidt

    Solo




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  1. Ole Schmidt premiere next week

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    Ole Schmidt premiere next week

  2. Great success in Leeds!

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    Great success in Leeds!

  3. Dreyer’s Joan of Arc with music by Ole Schmidt

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    Dreyer’s Joan of Arc with music by Ole Schmidt