Biography

Hélène Schmitt / Enseble Luceram

Hélène Schmitt © Guy Vivien

Hélène Schmitt & Ensemble Luceram

“These are enjoyable performances, thoughtfully executed with idiomatic elegance and just right degree of virtuosity. One cannot but admire the strong individual character of Hélène Schmitt’s playing […]. She enlivens Carbonelli’s idiom with affection and rhythmic sensibility, and her musical phrasing and persuasive rhetoric combine to project the very essence of the music.”

(The Strad)

Hélène Schmitt is a warmly welcomed guest at many prestigious European stages, such as Innsbrucker Festwochen, the Festivals in Brussels, Utrecht, Saintes, Pontoise and Lausanne, the “Folle Journée” in Nantes, and the Philharmonic Halls in Brussels, Versailles, Ambronay, Cologne, Essen, Tage Alter Musik Berlin, Handel Festspiele Göttingen, and also abroad in the USA and Japan.

Hélène Schmitt studied baroque violin at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique in Paris and in Basel. She received numerous awards: 1993 Musica Antiqua in Bruges, 1994 Van Wassenaer in Amsterdam as well as 1996 at the International Johann Wilhelm Schmelzer Competition in Melk. She has been member on the jury of the Festival “Musica Antiqua van Vlaanderen, Bruges”. She holds the Chair of Baroque Violin at the music conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris).

Particularly she has dedicated herself to the Italian and German repertoire for solo violin of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century. The “excellent Baroque violinist” (Die Zeit) performs with internationally renowned musical partners such as Jörg-Andreas Bötticher Blandine Rannou, Pierre Hantai, Gaetano Nasillo and Rolf Lislevand. She founded the Ensemble Luceram in order to perform also works with augmented instrumentation and the Quatuor Baillot to perform strings quartets of the 18th century.

Hélène Schmitt has recorded numerous CDs for the French label ALPHA, among these the complete Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo by J. S. Bach. In 2009, following the CD with works by the Austrian composer Johann Schmelzer (with Deutschlandfunk), "Ayrs for the violin" by Nicola Matteis was released and highly praised by the international press. Her latest recording is dedicated to the Rosary Sonatas by Biber (Aeolus).

Hélène Schmitt recently performed in Zurich, at the Haendel festivals in Goettingen and Halle, in Cologne, Koethen, Berlin (Tage Alter Musik & SIM), Paris (with Alexei Lubimov), Magdeburg, as well as at the Bach festivals in Schaffhausen and Leipzig. Together with soprano Raffaela Milanesi she toured Switzerland and performed with lutenist Rolf Lislevand in Luxemburg and Germany.

Hélène Schmitt plays an early eighteenth century violin by Camillo Camilli and a violin built by Michele Deconet in 1765.

www.heleneschmitt.com