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David Greilsammer   pianist


Music Director of the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Suedama Ensemble, David Greilsammer is recognized today as one of the most fascinating, audacious, and visionary artists of his generation. Pianist, conductor, chamber musician, and creator of many ground-breaking programmes and musical projects, David Greilsammer has been hailed by audiences for his imaginative performances and innovative approach to music. After winning the ‘Young Musician of the Year’ prize at the French Music Awards in 2008, David Greilsammer amazed the public and press when performing the complete Mozart Sonatas in a one-day marathon in Paris. He then again performed all of Mozart’s Sonatas at the Verbier Festival, and will perform them throughout Europe in 2010. 

Greilsammer’s debut recording of Mozart’s early piano concertos in 2006, conducted from the keyboard, quickly became a sensation among critics and was awarded by the Daily Telegraph as one of the “Records of the Year”. This success was immediately followed by an exclusive contract with Naïve Records and a first solo recording, named “fantaisie_fantasme”. This album, with its intriguing program in mirror form, received the praises of the New York Times and was selected by The Sunday Times as one of the “2007 Records of the Year”, in addition to being awarded many international recording prizes. David Greilsammer’s new recording of Mozart’s Piano Concertos No. 22 and 24 as conductor and pianist with the Suedama Ensemble will be released worldwide this fall.

Recent and future engagements include appearances at Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Minatomirai Hall in Yokohama, Forbidden City Theatre in Beijing, Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Bologna Festival, Belem Art Center in Lisbon, The Escurial in Madrid, Sage Gateshead in Newcastle, and the Verdi Opera House in Trieste. Other engagements include concerts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Taipei Philharmonic, Kanagawa Philharmonic, Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, St. Gallen Symphony, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Jerusalem Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra, and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, among others.

David Greilsammer has appeared in recent years in a vast variety of captivating and unusual works, such as Erwin Schulhoff’s Piano Concerto under conductor James Conlon, an American Premiere performance hailed by the New York Times; Schulhoff’s work had been tragically neglected since the composer’s death in a Nazi concentration camp in 1942. Last season, David Greilsammer performed a new recital programme mixing John Cage’s Sonatas for the “prepared piano” with Scarlatti’s Sonatas for harpsichord. He also continued touring with the programme of his recent solo recording “fantaisie_fantasme”, exploring the idea of fantasy through the works of eight different composers. Other outstanding projects include a concert as pianist and conductor at the 92nd Street Y in New York featuring the world premiere of Jonathan Keren’s Triple Concerto for piano, clarinet, and narrator, a new piece based on mystical texts by various writers. Greilsammer has appeared with Jazz pianist Yaron Herman in an original two-piano programme called “The Mozart Improvisation”, and he will also be touring with renowned Jazz clarinetist David Krakauer. This season, David Greilsammer premieres in Paris the “Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra” by Nadia Boulanger, a work that had been forgotten since its was composed in 1912.

Born in Jerusalem in 1977, David Greilsammer started his piano studies at the Rubin Conservatory in his native city. After studying in Florence and Paris, he came back to Israel to study with pianist and conductor Yahli Wagman. After completing his military service in Israel, David Greilsammer entered The Juilliard School in New York as a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky.  Following studies in piano and conducting at Juilliard, he went on to work with Richard Goode. David Greilsammer is the recipient of the Safran Foundation Award and the Tabor Foundation Grant.

“Greilsammer’s recital at Wigmore Hall was among the most authoritative British debuts in years”   -

The Sunday Times

“A formidable pianist” –The New York Times

“One of several pianists making his name not just on hot fingers, but a virtuosic mind…”   -

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“David Greilsammer’s playing goes straight into the heart”  - Le Monde

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