Bart Schneemann graduated under Han de Vries in 1977.
He was solo oboist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for many years. He left the orchestra in 1996 in order to concentrate fully on a solo career. Schneemann has performed as a soloist with conductors such as Valeri Gergiev, Edo de Waart, Hartmut Haenchen, Ernest Bour, Lev Markiz, Frans Brüggen, Roy Goodman and Ton Koopman. He has given concerts in many countries in Europe, America, the Far East and Australia.
Schneemann is also active as a chamber musician. He was co-founder of the Fodor wind quintet in 1987. He forms the Amsterdam Baroque Trio with Dominique Citroen (harpsichord) and Lucia Swarts (cello). Schneemann has a duo with pianist Paolo Giacometti, playing both early music (on modern oboe and classical/ baroque oboe) as well as contemporary repertoire. Various composers have written music especially for him, including Tristan Keuris, Peter-Jan Wagemans, Theo Verbey, Wolfgang Rihm, John Zorn, Gerald Brophy, Gia Kantsjeli, Kevin Volans, George Crumb and György Kurtág.
Bart Schneemann has conducted the National Youth Orchestra, the Netherlands Ballet Orchestra, the Nieuw Sinfonietta, the Brabants Orchestra, the North Netherlands Orchestra and others. He has also been active was as a conductor in Denmark and Finland. Schneemann is artistic leader of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, in which post he took the opportunity to drastically widen the ensemble's field of work.
In 1991 Schneemann won the 3M Music Prize.
He has recorded CDs with the trio sonatas of Georg Philipp Telemann, the oboe quartet and other works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (on baroque oboe) and the oboe concertos of Ludwig August Lebrun (on classical oboe, with the Radio Chamber Orchestra). With pianist Paolo Giacometti he recorded the sonatas of Jacques Christian Michel Widerkehr, and transcriptions of songs by Camille Saint-Saëns. Childhood Revisited by Gia Kantsjeli (specially written for Schneemann) has been released on the ECM label. He has also made a CD called 'It takes two', on which he can be heard with a different musician in each piece.
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