Christian Schittenhelm Piano Concertos
In 2019, we established a collaboration with the French composer Christian Schittenhelm, who has written four piano concertos: three for solo piano, AIR, BLEU, WILD, and the triple concerto LUX.
The project involves recording the four concertos in two parts, starting with the triple concerto LUX, and the solo concerto AIR.
In January 2021, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will be led in this first recording by the German conductor Kevin John Edusei, Chief Conductor of Munich Symphony Orchestra. The pianists are Peter Jablonski, Joanna MacGregor, and Julius Kim.
Christian Schittenhelm studied the piano from the age of 6. Already six years later, aged 12, he composed his first orchestra works and began his musical studies with Maestro Maurice Moerlen, who was then in charge of the great organs of the Strasbourg cathedral. At 21, he signed his first contract with Philips as a singer, author and composer, and soon received the Grands Prix La Sacem from the French Author Society (SACEM).
In 1989, he recorded a song album with EMI, featuring the LPO. In 1996, he composed Rhapsody Khronos and Khaos, two symphonic poems acclaimed by Maestro Marcel Landowski, then Chancellor of the Institut de France.
In 1998, at the request of the prominent French TV news journalist Yves Mourousi, he composed L’Hymne Paris 2000 for the city of Paris, performed by the Orchestre Colonne.
He composed Da Vinci, an opera with the support of Pierre Rosenberg, president of the Grand Louvre, and the curator Guy Nicot. He adapted it into a musical Da Vinci, The Wings of Light. Presented in 1999 in Tokyo for Fuji TV as a preview of its Parisian production, the musical was performed in the summer of 2000 at the Casino de Paris 52 times. (Recorded for Sony music with the Prague Symphony Orchestra)
From 2000 to 2010, his several musicals were given in over 800 performances in Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, also appearing in Paris theaters Le Theâtre de Paris, Théâtre Déjazet, Théâtre Princess Grace in Monaco, 9 Zenith Halls in France, EuroDisney to name a few.
He also composed several symphonic poems, including DAWN, BANG, ALSATICA, and four piano concertos: BLEU, WILD, AIR, and the triple piano concerto LUX.