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Théo Schmitt is a young musician from Switzerland currently working as a composer and a conductor in Los Angeles. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, Théo continued his studies at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU) and, in 2018, obtained a Master's degree in Orchestral Conducting under the mentorship of Aurélien Azan-Zielinski. Upon graduation, he was awarded the prestigious Fritz Bach Prize for the best Master's thesis and highest grade of the final exam. From 2019 to 2021, he studied composition with Richard Danielpour, Ian Krouse, and Peter Golub at the prestigious University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2022, he graduated from the very selective program of Screen Scoring at the University of Southern California (USC).
During his early career in Switzerland, Théo conducted many orchestras, including the Brass Band L'Avenir d'Aclens, the Wind Band La Jeune Garde de la Landwehr de Fribourg, and the Symphony Orchestra L'Orchestre QuiPasseParLà. On September 7 2019, Théo won the 9th Swiss National Conducting Competition in Baden.
He is frequently hired as a guest conductor in Switzerland (with the Conservatory of Lausanne for instance) and in Los Angeles (with the USC Graduate Brass Ensemble and others). He also works as a studio conductor in recording sessions for films, video games and TV series.
Théo has already written several original compositions for Brass Band, Wind Band and Symphonic Orchestra. Notably, in 2015, the Mélodia Brass Ensemble performed his first symphony, and in 2016, the Lausanne Conservatory Wind Ensemble commissioned him with a film in concert, Le Trésor du Léman. In 2018, he wrote, directed, scored, and conducted a film in concert, La Légende du Château du Chillon. The Micro-Harmonie commissioned him a Passion of Christ for concert band, soloists and female choir. They premiered it at the Cathedral of Lausanne the 22nd of April 2022. During the whole summer of the same year, The Fine Arts Museum of Lausanne featured his piece Voyages Imaginaires for trumpet solo and unsynchronized tapes for its opening exhibition. His other concert works include commissions by the Music Society of the State of Vaud (SCMV), the Swiss Music Association (ASM) and the World Association for Symphonic Band and Ensemble (WASBE).
Since establishing himself in Los Angeles, Théo has collaborated with many filmmakers and choreographers on a number of projects. In 2021, he was nominated at the Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards. In 2023, he was nominated at the Jerry Goldsmith awards and the International Digital Music Festival of Shanghai.
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