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Bryan Schimmel

Bryan Schimmel
Music Direction

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Bryan Schimmel has positioned himself as one of the leading and most diverse Music Directors, Arrangers and Orchestrators in South Africa. He has worked in theatre, special events, recording and television across a full spectrum of music from rock bands to Big Bands, string quartets to symphony orchestras. His roster of theatrical credits includes JERSEY BOYS, DREAMGIRLS, CHICAGO, WE WILL ROCK YOU, RENT and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE working with international creative teams. Bryan co-created the massively successful, multi award winning A HANDFUL OF KEYS and played the first 350 performances. Bryan has worked in a creative capacity on numerous high profile events that include the Opening Ceremonies of the 60th and 63rd Annual FIFA CONGRESS, six BIDVEST CEO Awards, four VODACOM CEO Awards, four MISS SOUTH AFRICA pageants, two MISS WORLD pageants, Nelson Mandela's 85th Birthday, and performing before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Other creative ventures include writing arrangements for a 40 piece orchestra for ULTIMATE BROADWAY for the opening of the Shanghai Grand Theatre in China, writing a specially arranged symphonic medley of television and movie themes for M-Net’s 25th Birthday, composing new music for strings to accompany the powerhouse percussion group 1st Project available on iTunes, creating symphonic orchestrations to accompany South African legends Johnny Clegg and Mango Groove, and arranging and producing Harry Sideropoulos’ Big Band album MY FAVOURITE SWINGS. Bryan lectures 3rd and 4th year Composition students in Arranging at WITS University School of Arts Music Division and his new found love of Academia has led him to commence work on his Masters Degree in Music. Bryan’s talents have taken him all over the world: He worked on Broadway in David Kramer's KAT AND THE KINGS, Off-Broadway in WHEN PIGS FLY and NAKED BOYS SINGING, toured America with a production of MEET ME IN ST LOUIS, had the pleasure of working with Academy Award winning composer Stephen Schwartz on CHILDREN OF EDEN at North Shore Music Theatre in Massachusetts, he conducted CRAZY FOR YOU in Basel, Switzerland, and toured to Edinburgh with a production of CLOSER THAN EVER. He traveled to New Zealand and Korea as Music Supervisor of the 2008 Asian tour of WE WILL ROCK YOU. After launching the tour of the South African company of JERSEY BOYS in Singapore in 2012, Bryan continued his duties as tour Music Supervisor taking the production to Istanbul and Seoul. Bryan is a six time Naledi Theatre Award nominee. He is the recipient of a Vita Theatre award for A HANDFUL OF KEYS, and two Naledi Theatre Awards for Music Direction of CHICAGO and Musical Arrangements of KNIGHTS OF MUSIC. He was also honoured with the King David Schools Foundations’ David Award for Considerable Contribution to Performing Arts.

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