Kurt von Schmittou
Originally from the Nashville Tennessee area, Kurt was raised in a somewhat musical family. In the church he attended growing up, his father led the music and his mother played piano & organ. Kurt began playing piano at age 5, and later played trumpet and tuba, eventually attending college on a tuba scholarship. While in college at Middle Tennessee State University, he fostered his love for singing everything from Classical to Country. He got his Bachelor of Music degree majoring in Recording Industry Management and Music Industry.
Getting a lot of hands-on experience in Nashville, Kurt performed in several shows at the Opryland theme park, sang as a solo artist on the Grand Ole Opry, and toured internationally as a vocalist with The Chippendales. He has performed with numerous recording artists including Conway Twitty, Wynona Judd, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, Lee Greenwood, Jessica Simpson, and Yanni to name just a few.
Kurt’s Broadway credits include the closing cast of the original run of CATS on Broadway (Cats Chorus, Old Deuteronomy u/s and Gus/Growl Tiger/ Bustopher Jones u/s) and the Original Broadway Cast of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (Sid/Inventor/Lord Scrumptious).
He has recorded voice-overs for such companies as Disney, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Nickelodeon, Universal Studios, Legoland, Gaylord Resorts, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruise Lines, NASCAR, and numerous others. Performing at Walt Disney World for over 25 years in such shows as BEAUTY & THE BEAST and THE VOICES OF LIBERTY, Kurt originated the roles of “Bruce the Shark” in the original cast of FINDING NEMO; THE MUSICAL and “Baloo” in the original cast of JOURNEY INTO JUNGLE BOOK at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. He has also performed in the original cast of several other Walt Disney World shows including THE AMERICAN IDOL EXPERIENCE and FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVER: A FROZEN SING-ALONG CELEBRATION. At this time, his voice can be heard either singing or providing voiceovers in every Disney theme park in the world.
Residing in Central Florida with his husband Zach and two cats Thunder & Pride, Kurt currently spends most of his time in the studio recording voice-overs, singing, and narrating audio books.