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Beirut Chamber Orchestra
JAVIER OVIEDO . Saxophone
JEAN-PIERRE SCHMITT . Conductor
BEIRUT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Marwa El Eid
NICOLAS J. CHAANINE (b. 1990)
NICOLAS J. CHAANINE
Inspired by Nada Skaff’s poem by the same name
NICOLAS J. CHAANINE
Aria for Saxophone & Strings
Inspired by ‘Adamo’, a poem by Nada Skaff
CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921)
LOUIS MAYEUR (1837 – 1894)
Grande Fantaisie Brillante for Alto Saxophone
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
String Symphony No. 10
Javier Oviedo . Saxophone
Native Texan, Javier Oviedo started playing the saxophone when he was 11 years old. Motivated by his father to play this dramatic yet affordable instrument, Javier has spent the last 40 years mastering his craft.
Today, he stands as one of the brightest soloist performers of the classical saxophone world. Acclaimed for his lustrous tone, passionate musicianship, and formidable technique, he has kept alive the excitement and versatility of his instrument through his tireless efforts and continuous research.
Javier has a big contribution not only in reviving the old compositions but also in commissioning and premiering dozens of new pieces.
His debut recording, The Classical Saxophone: A French Love Story, features original music for saxophone and orchestra from the 19th and 20th Centuries. The album garnered tremendous acclaim and appreciation from music critics and the public at large. Since then there is no looking back. During his journey, he has worked with many renowned music artists including Akira Endo, Zdenek Macal, and Mitch Miller. Javier has performed in many cities across the country and around the world.
In 2014, he released two new recordings. And So It Begins…, which highlighted his playing on two tracks and Lazy Afternoon: Salon Music for Classical Saxophone of Byron Bellows, recorded with St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and lead by Maestro Jean-Pierre Schmitt.
In 2019, he recorded Légende by Florent Schmitt with the City of Prague Philharmonic, released on MSR Classics.
He has appeared with the New Jersey Symphony, the Austin Symphony, the Chattanooga Symphony, l’Orchestre Lamoureux, l’Orchestre à Cordes d’Ariège in France, and both National Philharmonics of Moldova and Russia in Oryol.
An accomplished chamber musician, Mr. Oviedo has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Salle Cortot, and at The United Nations.
Most recently, Javier Oviedo has recorded some amazing pieces of music during the pandemic, for his YouTube channel.
Jean-Pierre Schmitt . Conductor
Praised for his precision and elegance at the podium, conductor Jean-Pierre Schmitt was trained in the purest French conducting tradition under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, the late maestro Jean Fournet. In June 2013 he lead the premier of a new work by Hélène Rasquier at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall to great applause. Maestro Schmitt is admired by the orchestra members he has conducted and possesses a rare ability to convey his musical insights to the performers.
In France, Mr. Schmitt worked with the Conservatory Paris V Youth Orchestras and the International Orchestra in Paris. He has since conducted around the world as an invited guest on several occasions to lead both the Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Macedonia, the National Orchestra of Moldova, and the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Oryol (Russian Federation), The Philharmonic Orchestra of Honduras, and The Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra.
Soon after his arrival in the United States, Maestro Schmitt was invited to conduct the Classic Chamber Orchestra of Connecticut and the New York Lawyers’ Orchestra. He also lead The Monte Vista Chamber Orchestra in Texas and The Louisiana Chamber Orchestra. Schmitt is the founder of The French-American Chamber Orchestra in New York, performing on New York’s finest stages including the United Nations, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.
Jean-Pierre Schmitt’s recordings have been well received by critics and the public alike and his affinity for the art of accompanying a soloist comes through.
Schmitt is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Classical Saxophone Project, based in New York City.
J. Haydn, Concerti in D and C for cello, Ariane lallemand, cellist. The Classical Saxophone: “A French Love Story” Orchestre Pasdeloup Javier Oviedo, saxophone. (MSR Classics). B. Bellows: Lazy Afternoon: Javier Oviedo, saxophone. St. Luke’s Orchestra (MSR Classics). F. Schmitt, Légende, Javier Oviedo, saxophone, City of Prague Philharmonic (MSR Classics). C. Debussy. Rapsodie for Orchestra et alto saxophone, Javier Oviedo, saxophone. City of Prague Philharmonic (MSR Classics). N.J. Chaanine Transumanti, Triptych for saxophone alto and string orchestra. Javier Oviedo, saxophone. City of Prague Philharmonic (MSR Classics). – H. Rasquier. Samsara, concerto for soprano/alto saxophones, City of Prague Philharmonic (MSR Classics)
Nicolas J. Chaanine . Composer
Nicolas J. Chaanine is a passionate composer from Lebanon who started exploring music at a young age. He has always had a keen interest in the music of different cultures from around the world, which has greatly influenced his unique style. Chaanine’s music breaks down barriers and speaks to audiences from diverse backgrounds. In June 2022, his opus 1, Transumanti triptych for alto saxophone and string ensemble premiered in New York, and later in the same year, he had the honor of performing it with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra. With his passion for musical fusion and exploration, Chaanine continues to explore the sounds of today and is making a meaningful impact on the contemporary classical music scene, drawing inspiration from the rich musical traditions of the world.
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