Franz had passed away at the age of 72, on August Thursday the 18th, after a long illness. The Harmonica planet is mourning.
His first contact with harmonica was when he was 6 years old.
When he was ten, the harmonica trio « Piccolo » was formed with his brothers. During all the years of its existence they won the National and International Competition (World Cup) several times. After a pause for reflection and his triumph at the Soloist World Cups, Franz strengthened his musical knowledge with piano lessons followed by theoretical studies.
I have produced his first CD in 1994 under my music label PSB. I often listen to this record in which he plays the « Venice Carnaval » violin variations, of Arban, with a virtuosity reaching to the top. During a meeting James Moody had said to him : « You play like someone coming from an other Planet ».
Franz Chmel has given numerous concerts in Europe and United States, thus having innumerable occasions to play with world renowned artists.
His style : absolute priority to baroque music, and classical pieces for violin. His interest in original works was growing, particularly those from James Moody.
Frank was a great friend. I am offering my very sincere codolences to his wife Brigitta, and his family.
Jean Labre Photo Hazenzagl Published August 27th 2016