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Ole Schmidt


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.

Source: www.edition-s.dk