Jan Schmidt-Garre

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Jan Schmidt-Garre (born June 18, 1962 in Munich), German film director and producer.


Jan Schmidt-Garre studied philosophy at the Hochschule für Philosophie der Jesuiten in Munich from 1982 to 1986 (M. A. with a semiotic thesis on Wagner's “Ring of the Nibelung”). He also studied feature film direction at Munich's Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film from 1984 to 1988, his mother is famous German critic Beate Kayser.

During this time he worked as a trainee and assistant director for, among others, Rudolf Noelte, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, David Esrig, Joachim Herz and Harry Kupfer (at the Salzburg Festival, the Bayreuth Festival, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and at the Dresden Opera).

He studied conducting and musical theory with Sergiu Celibidache in Mainz, Munich and Paris.

In 1988 he founded PARS MEDIA, a production company whose films have received international acclaim for its documentary and feature films focusing on music and the arts. PARS MEDIA productions have been awarded numerous prizes worldwide, among them the main prizes at the film festivals in Chicago, Paris, Monte Carlo, Columbus/Ohio, Munich and Prague as well as a nomination for the German Film Award. PARS MEDIA films have been broadcast in over thirty countries, many have been distributed theatrically and appeared on Laser Disc, VHS and DVD.

Schmidt-Garre is staging operas on a regular basis at opera companies in Germany and Switzerland.

Schmidt-Garre, a member of the German Film Academy, lectures on directing and aesthetics at (among others) the HFF in Munich and the Athanor Academy of Performing Arts, he is married to art dealer Philomene Magers. They have two children and live in Berlin.

Filmography (selected)[edit]

  • Aida's Brothers & Sisters

Music film, 1999, 90 Min

On DVD with Arthaus Musik

  • Belcanto - The Tenors of the 78 Era

Music documentary series, 1996, 390 Min. Prizes at the Columbus International Film Festival and at “Classique en images”

On DVD with Medici Arts

  • Bound

Dance film with Saburo Teshigawara, based on a short story by Ilse Aichinger, 2002, 45 Min

On DVD with Arthaus Musik

Documentary, 2012, 105 Min

On DVD with PARS Media

  • Bruckner’s Decision

Feature film, 1995, 80 Min

On DVD with Arthaus Musik

  • Celibidache – You Don't Do Anything, You Just Let It Evolve

Documentary film, 1992, 100 Min. Nominated for the German Film Award, won the Silver Medal at the Chicago International Film Festival and the Midem Classique Award

On DVD with Arthaus Musik

  • Chopin at the Opera

Film Essay, 2010, 60 Min

On DVD with Arthaus Musik

  • Furtwängler’s Love

Film Essay, 2004, 70 Min. Awarded at "Golden Prague"

On DVD with Arthaus Musik

  • Legato – The World of the Piano

Music documentary and concert series, 2006-08, 720 Min

On DVD with Medici Arts

Art documentary, 2010, 60 Min

On DVD with Arthaus Musik

  • Measure – Color - Light

Art documentary, 1992, 45 Min

Music Documentary, 2004, 60 Min

On DVD with Arthaus Musik

Art documentary, 2005

On DVD with Arthaus Musik

  • Opera Fanatic

Opera road movie, 1998, 90 Min. Prizes at the Munich International Documentary Festival and at “Golden Prague” (Czech Crystal)

On DVD with Arthaus Musik

  • Sophia – Biography of a Violin Concerto

Music Documentary with Sofia Gubaidulina and Anne-Sophie Mutter, 2008, 60 Min. Nominated for Prix Italia

On DVD with Arthaus Musik

  • Super Life

Documentary, 2014, 60 Min

On DVD with Belvedere

Art Documentary, 2005, 90 Min.

On DVD with Arthaus Musik

Articles & essays[edit]

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