Bart Schneemann was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1954. He completed his studies in The Netherlands with Han de Vries in 1977 and gained orchestra experience early in his career. This led to his appointment as principal oboist of the celebrated Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. a position he held until 1996 when he decided to focus on his soloistcareer. He is founder member of the Fodor Quintet in 1987 and worked intensly on restyling and increasing the artistic ranges of the celebrated Netherlands Wind Ensemble which is recognized as one of the best wind ensembles in the world.
Mr. Schneemann is a master in various fields of music wich has made him the unanimous winner of the prestigious 3M Music Laureate Prize in 1991 (Theo Loevendie and Ton Koopman were previous recipients of this award). The prize was installed to recognize, reward and stimulate outstanding musical talent in the Netherlands. His virtuoso and musically sensitive playing has attracted the attention of many first rate contemporary composers. Several of them have written works especially for him including Tristan Keuris, P.J. Wagemans, Wolfgang Rihm, John Zorn, Gerald Brophy, Gija Kancheli and Kevin Volans. The next composers wo will be asked to write for him are George Crumb and György Kurtág .
Mr. Schneemann has performed as a soloist with conductors like Valery Gergiev, Edo de Waart, Hartmut Haenchen, Ernest Bour, Lev Markiz, Frans Brüggen, Roy Goodman and Ton Koopman. There is a growing demand for Mr. Schneemann’s soloistical talents aswell as for his conducting skills, resulting in a growing amount of appearances throughout Europe, America, the Far East and Australia. Recently he conducted the Odense Symphony Orchestra and Pori Sinfonietta both orchestra’s invited him for future collaborations.
Mr. Schneemann has made numerous recordings for different labels. For instance the Saint-Saëns songs transcribed for oboe and piano with Paolo Giacometti, the Telemann Concerti for Channel Classics as well as Oboe Concerti by the German composer Lebrun.
A recording of Gija Kancheli’s Childhood Revisited (written especially for Mr. Schneemann) has been released by ECM. Future engagements include conducting orchestras such as Brabants Orchestra as well as several soloist performances with a.o. Sinfonia Rotterdam and Musica Amphion and recitals with pianist Paolo Giacometti. Apart from playing, Mr. Schneemann holds the position of oboe professor at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.