Jean-Pierre Schmit was born on September 21, 1904 in Breitweiler. At the age of six he received violin, piano and harmony lessons from his father. Discovered by Dominique Heckmes, he became a soloist in the church choir of the cathedral. In 1924 jean-Pierre Schmit graduated from high school and entered the seminary. In 1932 he went to Malines to continue studying music. Then he decided to study church music, which he completed in Rome. In 1936 he succeeded Dominique Heckmes as choir director of the Maîtrise. He died on October 22, 1985 in Luxembourg City.