Interviews with Musicians and Scholars who Champion the Artistry of Florent Schmitt

Florent Schmitt French composer

Florent Schmitt at the age of 67. (1937 photo by Lipnitzki/Roger-Viollet)

In addition to profiling the musical output of the French composer Florent Schmitt, this website and blog seeks out the musicians and scholars who are performing or promoting his works in concert and on recordings.

Since 2012, numerous interviews have been conducted and published on this site. Included among them are some of the world’s most famous classical artists of today, along with a growing number of fresh, talented newcomers who show strong promise for the future.

Listed below are links to the interview articles. Each one is well-worth exploring.

Doug Adams, film music author and journalist

Doug Adams

Doug Adams, film music specialist and arranger (USA)

Film music specialist Doug Adams talks about Florent Schmitt’s Salammbô (1925) and other music scores from the silent film era, June 12, 2014

Robin Barber, physician and author (UK/Australia)

Florent Schmitt and Ralph Vaughan Williams: A friendship over five decades, December 4, 2014

Bill Barclay Shakespeare's Globe

Bill Barclay (Photo: ©Helena Misciosia)

Bill Barclay, actor and composer (USA/UK)

Bill Barclay, music director of Shakespeare’s Globe, talks about bringing Florent Schmitt’s Antony & Cleopatra (1920) to the Hollywood Bowl and the Barbican Centre, December 3, 2016

Christopher Bartz, saxophonist (USA)

Saxophonist Christopher Bartz talks about Florent Schmitt’s Légende (1918) and its pride of place in the saxophone repertoire, September 1, 2013

Matthew Bassett, timpanist (USA)

Members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra talk about preparing Florent Schmitt’s music for performance and recording, March 15, 2015

Bruno Belthoise pianist

Bruno Belthoise

Bruno Belthoise, pianist (France)

French pianist Bruno Belthoise talks about the music of Florent Schmitt and Le petit elfe Ferme-l’oeil (1912), August 10, 2013

Roberto Beltrán-Zavala, conductor (Mexico/Netherlands)

Orchestra conductor Roberto Beltrán-Zavala talks about the music of Florent Schmitt and Rêves (1915), March 14, 2016

Ewa Biegas Copyright Jon Yamomoto

Ewa Biegas (Photo: © Jon Yamomoto)

Ewa Biegas, soprano (Poland)

French conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud, soprano Ewa Biegas and choral director Teresa Majka-Pacanek talk about the 2016 Polish premiere performances of Florent Schmitt’s choral masterpiece Psalm 47 (1904), February 25, 2016

Louis-Philippe Bonin, saxophonist (Canada)

Canadian saxophonist Louis-Philippe Bonin talks about Florent Schmitt’s Saxophone Quartet (1941) and its pride of place in the saxophone repertoire, August 6, 2016

Lionel Bringuier French orchestra conductor

Lionel Bringuier

Lionel Bringuier, conductor (France)

Passionate advocate: French conductor Lionel Bringuier talks about the music of Florent Schmitt and La Tragédie de Salomé, April 25, 2015

Eric Butruille, arts administrator (France)

Experiencing Florent Schmitt’s Psaume XLVII in concert: An eyewitness report from Berlin, March 2, 2015

Roberto Casado, flautist (Spain)

Spanish flautist Roberto Casado talks about Florent Schmitt’s Sonatine en trio and Suite en rocaille – and their place in French Impressionistic music, January 20, 2014

Janz Castelo, violist (USA)

Members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra talk about preparing Florent Schmitt’s music for performance and recording, March 15, 2015

Claudio Chaiquin French Argentine pianist

Claudio Chaiquin

Claudio Chaiquin, pianist (Argentina/France)

Musicians Beata Halska and Claudio Chaiquin talk about researching and recording French composer Florent Schmitt’s music for violin and piano, December 6, 2015

John Clouser, bassoonist (USA)

Musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra talk about the music of Florent Schmitt and La Tragédie de Salomé, April 20, 2015

Megan Varvir Coe, musicologist (USA)

Musicologist Megan Varvir Coe talks about the Symbolist roots of Florent Schmitt’s ballet La Tragédie de Salomé (1907/10), July 5, 2017

Julien Columeau author France Pakistan

Julien Columeau (Photo: Arif Ali, Agence France-Presse)

Julien Columeau, author and novelist (France/Pakistan)

Julian Columeau, noted French novelist in the Urdu language, talks about the music of Florent Schmitt and how it inspires his writing, June 1, 2016

Catherine Dallaire, violinist (Canada)

Members of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec talk about Florent Schmitt’s Ronde burlesque (1927) and explore the “secret sauce” of the composer’s orchestral writing, May 27, 2017

Henri Demarquette, cellist (France)

French cellist Henri Demarquette talks about the music of Florent Schmitt and the Introït, récit et congé, April 7, 2014

Duillaume Le Dreau

Guillaume Le Dréau

Guillaume Le Dréau, organist, teacher and music researcher (France)

Organist and music researcher Guillaume Le Dréau talks about French composer Florent Schmitt’s consequential work as a Parisian music critic (1912-1939), January 20, 2017

Musicians Edward Rushton, Guillaume Le Dréau and JoAnn Falletta talk about Florent Schmitt’s captivating Chansons à quatre voix (1903-05), February 16, 2017

JoAnn Falletta conductor

JoAnn Falletta

JoAnn Falletta, conductor (USA)

Conductors JoAnn Falletta and Jorge Mester talk about the music of Florent Schmitt, January 3, 2013

American orchestra conductor JoAnn Falletta talks about performing and recording the music of Florent Schmitt (Antoine et Cléopâtre and Le Palais hanté), March 10, 2015

American conductor JoAnn Falletta talks about the release of her new NAXOS recording of Florent Schmitt’s Antony & Cleopatra and The Haunted Palace with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, October 22, 2015

Conductor JoAnn Falletta’s Podcast Interview for NAXOS on the Musical Legacy of French Composer Florent Schmitt, November 1, 2015

Musicians Edward Rushton, Guillaume Le Dréau and JoAnn Falletta talk about Florent Schmitt’s captivating Chansons à quatre voix (1903-05), February 16, 2017

Jeannette Fang pianist

Jeannette Fang

Jeannette Fang, pianist (USA)

Members of the Garth Newel Piano Quartet talk about preparing Florent Schmitt’s Hasards (1943) for performance, May 5, 2015

Philippe Ferro, conductor and wind ensemble specialist (France)

French conductor and wind ensemble specialist Philippe Ferro talks about the music of Florent Schmitt and Hymne funèbre (1899/1933), September 10, 2016

Stéphane Fontaine, clarinetist (Canada)

Members of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec talk about Florent Schmitt’s Ronde burlesque (1927) and explore the “secret sauce” of the composer’s orchestral writing, May 27, 2017

Melanie Forget bassoon OSQ

Mélanie Forget

Mélanie Forget, bassoonist (Canada)

Members of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec talk about Florent Schmitt’s Ronde burlesque (1927) and explore the “secret sauce” of the composer’s orchestral writing, May 27, 2017

Reinhold Friedrich, trumpeter (Germany/Switzerland)

International trumpet soloist and pedagogue Reinhold Friedrich talks about the release of his new recording L’Amour française – ten French compositions including the Suite en trois parties by Florent Schmitt (1955), March 1, 2017

Fabien Gabel orchestra conductor

Fabien Gabel

Fabien Gabel, conductor (France/Canada)

French Conductor Fabien Gabel talks about Rêves (1915), other compositions of Florent Schmitt, and the future of French music in the concert hall, June 10, 2016

French conductor Fabien Gabel talks about Florent Schmitt’s Ronde burlesque (1927) … and why he champions the music of this composer around the world, June 1, 2017

French conductor Fabien Gabel talks about Florent Schmitt’s Le Palais hanté (1904) and leading The Cleveland Orchestra in its first performance of this Poe-inspired tone picture, August 21, 2017

Evelyn Grau, violist (USA)

Members of the Garth Newel Piano Quartet talk about preparing Florent Schmitt’s Hasards (1943) for performance, May 5, 2015

Beata Halska Polish-French violinist

Beata Halska-Le Monnier

Beata Halska-Le Monnier, violinist (Poland/France)

Musicians Beata Halska and Claudio Chaiquin talk about researching and recording French composer Florent Schmitt’s music for violin and piano, December 6, 2015

Armand Hall

Armand Hall

Armand Hall, conductor and educator (USA)

Conductor and educator Armand Hall talks about the journey of Florent Schmitt’s Dionysiaques (1913) to its pinnacle position in the concert band repertoire, June 24, 2017

Edmund Harris, heritage consultant (UK)

Experiencing Florent Schmitt’s Antony & Cleopatra (1920) in a dramatic adaptation: An eyewitness report from London, October 10, 2016

Kenan Henderson, pianist

Kenan Henderson

Kenan Henderson, pianist (Australia)

Florent Schmitt’s Crépuscules (1898-1911):  Richly evocative tone painting in the finest French pianistic tradition, October 27, 2013

Travis Hendra, orchestra librarian (USA)

Members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra talk about preparing Florent Schmitt’s music for performance and recording, March 15, 2015

French Pianist Élizabeth Herbin

Élizabeth Herbin

Élizabeth Herbin, pianist (France)

Élizabeth Herbin, French pianist and daughter of composer René Herbin, talks about the music of Florent Schmitt and her father, May 21, 2013

Andrey Kasparov, pianist (Armenia/USA)

Duo-pianists Kasparov and Lutsyshyn talk about their new Florent Schmitt recording project, February 5, 2013

Joshua Kovach

Joshua Kovach

Joshua Kovach, clarinetist (USA)

Members of the Mélomanie chamber ensemble talk about the music of Florent Schmitt and preparing his Sonatine en trio (1935) for performance, April 15, 2017

Steven Kruger, music critic (USA)

Arts critic Steven Kruger talks about the music of Florent Schmitt and its place in France’s “Golden Age” of classical music, September 4, 2017

Vincent Larderet, pianist (France)

French pianist Vincent Larderet talks about performing and recording the music of Florent Schmitt, December 10, 2014

Rick Leder trumpet

Rick Leder

Rick Leder, trumpeter (USA)

Voluptuous colors:  Florent Schmitt’s Suite for Trumpet (1955), February 2, 2014

David Aprahamian Liddle, organist (UK)

The Composer and the Impresario: Florent Schmitt and Felix Aprahamian, July 28, 2014

Teresa Ling, violinist (USA)

Members of the Garth Newel Piano Quartet talk about preparing Florent Schmitt’s Hasards (1943) for performance, May 5, 2015

Blair Lofgren cellist OSQ

Blair Lofgren

Blair Lofgren, cellist (Canada)

Members of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec talk about Florent Schmitt’s Ronde burlesque (1927) and explore the “secret sauce” of the composer’s orchestral writing, May 27, 2017

Oksana Lutsyshyn, pianist (Ukraine/USA) 

Duo-pianists Kasparov and Lutsyshyn talk about their new Florent Schmitt recording project, February 5, 2013

Teresa Majka-Pacanek Choral Director Poland

Teresa Majka-Pacanek

Teresa Majka-Pacanek, choral director (Poland)

French conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud, soprano Ewa Biegas and choral director Teresa Majka-Pacanek talk about the 2016 Polish premiere performances of Florent Schmitt’s choral masterpiece Psalm 47 (1904), February 25, 2016

Alain Margoni, composer, Prix de Rome winner, teacher and writer (France)

A link with history: French composer, teacher and writer Alain Margoni, 81, talks about working with Florent Schmitt in Paris during the 1950s, June 20, 2016

Anna Mattix, BPO

Anna Mattix

Anna Mattix, English horn (USA)

Members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra talk about preparing Florent Schmitt’s music for performance and recording, March 15, 2015

Isaac Melamed, cellist (USA)

Members of the Garth Newel Piano Quartet talk about preparing Florent Schmitt’s Hasards (1943) for performance, May 5, 2015

Jorge Mester conductor

Jorge Mester

Jorge Mester, conductor (Mexico/USA)

Conductors JoAnn Falletta and Jorge Mester talk about the music of Florent Schmitt, January 3, 2013

Eliesha Nelson, violist (USA)

Musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra talk about the music of Florent Schmitt and La Tragédie de Salomé, April 20, 2015

Alberto Nones

Alberto Nones

Alberto Nones, author and pianist (Italy)

Giuseppe Verdi and the nexus of music and politics: An interview with author Alberto Nones, August 9, 2014

In the cross-currents of history: An interview with musician and author Alberto Nones about the life and work of Italian composer Riccardo Zandonai, April 23, 2015

Kimberly Reighley, flautist (USA)

Members of the Mélomanie chamber ensemble talk about the music of Florent Schmitt and preparing his Sonatine en trio (1935) for performance, April 15, 2017

Tracy Richardson, harpsichordist (USA)

Members of the Mélomanie chamber ensemble talk about the music of Florent Schmitt and preparing his Sonatine en trio (1935) for performance, April 15, 2017

Dr. Jerry E. Rife, musicologist and Professor of Music at Rider University

Dr. Jerry Rife

Jerry Rife, musicologist and author (USA)

Musicologist Dr. Jerry Rife talks about his introduction to Florent Schmitt’s music, October 13, 2012

Edward Rushton, pianist (UK/Switzerland)

Musicians Edward Rushton, Guillaume Le Dréau and JoAnn Falletta talk about Florent Schmitt’s captivating Chansons à quatre voix (1903-05), February 16, 2017

Suddhaseel Sen, musicologist, author and teacher (India)

Musicologist Suddhaseel Sen talks about the artistry of Florent Schmitt and the importance of his orientalist compositions, August 15, 2017

Timothy Smith, BPO

Tim Smith

Tim Smith, trombonist (USA)

Members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra talk about preparing Florent Schmitt’s music for performance and recording, March 15, 2015

Nicolas Southon, musicologist and author (France)

Musicologist and author Nicolas Southon talks about his new book profiling orchestral works by 16 Francophone composers including Florent Schmitt, September 22, 2016

Jean-Luc Tingaud French conductor

Jean-Luc Tingaud

Jean-Luc Tingaud, conductor (France)

Conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud talks about Florent Schmitt’s choral masterpiece Psalm 47 (1904) and introducing the music to concert audiences in Poland, February 6, 2016

French conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud, soprano Ewa Biegas and choral director Teresa Majka-Pacanek talk about the 2016 Polish premiere performances of Florent Schmitt’s choral masterpiece Psalm 47 (1904), February 25, 2016

Yan-Pascal Tortelier

Yan-Pascal Tortelier

Yan-Pascal Tortelier, conductor (France)

Conductor Yan-Pascal Tortelier talks about his Chandos Florent Schmitt recording of Psaume XLVII, La Tragédie de Salomé and Le Palais hanté, September 11, 2012

Corbin Wagner, French horn soloist and educator (USA)

Horn soloist Corbin Wagner talks about performing Lied et scherzo (1910), Florent Schmitt’s extraordinary double wind quintet composition featuring the French horn, November 26, 2016

John McLaughlin Williams, violinist and conductor (USA)

John McLaughlin Williams

John McLaughlin Williams

American violinist John McLaughlin Williams talks about the music of Florent Schmitt and the Sonate libre (1918/19), September 16, 2014