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Known for his fascinating and eclectic programmes, conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is recognised as one of today’s most imaginative and audacious artists. In December, The New York Times selected his last album “Mozart In-Between” (Sony Classical) as one of the best recordings of the year. The American newspaper had already awarded his previous album, “Baroque Conversations” among the best albums of 2012, and his New York recital was selected among the most interesting musical events of the year.

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Known for his fascinating and eclectic programmes, conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is recognised as one of today’s most imaginative and audacious artists. In December, The New York Times selected his last album “Mozart In-Between” (Sony Classical) as one of the best recordings of the year. The American newspaper had already awarded his previous album, “Baroque Conversations” among the best albums of 2012, and his New York recital was selected among the most interesting musical events of the year.

Born in Jerusalem, David Greilsammer studied at The Juilliard School with Yoheved Kaplinsky, in addition to working with pianist Richard Goode. After making his New York Lincoln Center debut, he went on to becoming “Young Musician of the Year” at the French Music Awards.

Known as unique interpreter of both baroque and contemporary music, David Greilsammer is also celebrated for his Mozart performances. In 2008, he performed in Paris all of Mozart’s piano sonatas in a one-day “marathon”. Last season, he played and conducted the complete cycle of Mozart’s twenty-seven piano concertos in Geneva. David Greilsammer has recorded various albums devoted to the great Amadeus, including the early and late piano concertos, as well as an album of rarely heard works by Mozart.

Since 2013, David Greilsammer is Music and Artistic Director of the Geneva Camerata (GECA). With this innovative ensemble, he gives more than thirty concerts this season, including performances in Berlin, Paris and London, and Gstaad. David Greilsammer also presents with GECA singular collaborations with dancers, painters, video artists, actors, and jazz musicians. During Geneva Camerata’s subscription series, David Greilsammer conducts the ensemble in programmes featuring soloists such as Steven Isserlis, Emmanuel Pahud, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Andreas Scholl, and Daniel Hope.

David Greilsammer has released four critically acclaimed records on the Naïve label, and in 2011, he signed an exclusive contract with Sony Classical. His latest recording, combining the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti and John Cage, was released in 2014.

David Greilsammer has recently appeared with prestigious orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Philharmonique de Radio-France, Taipei Philharmonic, Hamburger Symphoniker, Torino Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, and the Israel Symphony. As a pianist, Greilsammer has appeared at Ravinia, Mostly Mozart and Verbier festivals, at the Zurich Tonhalle, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Beijing Forbidden City Theatre, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Salle Pleyel in Paris, and Washington’s Kennedy Center.

Since 2013, David Greilsammer is “Artist in Residence” both at the Saint-Etienne Opera in France and the Meitar Ensemble in Tel Aviv.

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Reviews

"... one of the most audacious and visionary artists of his generation."

Lionel Esparza, France Musique

"What David Greilsamer conjures here is a minor miracle - a musical dialogue between two of the remotest disparities in the whole of human civilisation ... the playing is delightful, the Berlin studio sound pristine – this album will fill you with hope for a more unified and peaceful universe. Greilsammer is an original artist; we should hear more of him."

Scarlatti:Cage:Sonatas CD - Norman Lebrecht, Sinfini Music

"Greilsammer is no stranger to merging antique and modern, and here he laces Cage's prepared piano pieces like Zen meditations between the elegantly turned Scarlatti sonatas ... A dazzling, sensitive setting ..."

Scarlatti:Cage:Sonatas CD - Independent Radar

"... elegant and vibrant performances by Mr. Greilsammer and the L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, especially of Mozart’s youthful Piano Concerto No. 9, in which a joyous Allegro and an impish finale surround a bleakly beautiful slow movement. "

Mozart 'In Between' CD - Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

"Greilsammer and the Geneva Chamber Orchestra capture every nuance … a new dynamic edge to Mozart’s music."

Mozart 'In Between' CD - ClassicFM

"David Greilsammer...plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9 with a light touch, dancing and happy, if not indeed youthful. "

Kritin Amme, Bayerischer Rundfunk

"…sizzling performances of two comparatively early works…"

Mozart 'In Between' CD - Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph

"....the Israeli Greilsammer unravels more and more facets of a symphony whose essence not even Nikolaus Harnoncourt has revealed in this way. Thus Greilsammer removes everything that is harmless from the symphony’s accoutrements until it is able to show its true stature – from weighty and dramatic to supremely noble. If only for the rehabilitation of what was regarded as a work of Mozart’s youth (he composed it at the age of 17), Greilsammer deserves an abundant, monthly, life-long supply of those chocolates that are named Mozart-Kugel. But that is not all: Greilsammer continues with the so-called Jeunehomme piano concerto, in which he shines by means of disarming spontaneity, admirable expressive depth, captivating contrasts and intimate moments of joy..."

Mozart 'In Between' CD - Guido Fischer, Rondo Magazin

"[On the 'Baroque Conversations' CD] …an astonishing achievement, a triumph of innovative programming and brilliantly probing execution… There's no question that he's an artist of major importance."

San Francisco Chronicle

"[Greilsammer] shows himself…to be an extremely practised virtuoso who perfectly controls his piano's colour spectrum of sounds…"

RBB Kulturradio

"...one of my new favourites, the young Israeli pianist David Greilsammer...elegant artistry and pianism..."

New York Times

"...genuinely inspired..."

Today's Zaman

"...a formidable pianist and probing musician."

New York Times

"...Mr Greilsammer is a standout musician who has it in him to challenge, inform and delight audiences ... exquisite."

New York Times

"Few recitals I have ever attended have offered such a sense of intense beauty and discovery."

New York Daily News

"...sleek, first-rate execution...a strange and fascinating interpreter of Mozart's music"

San Francisco Chronicle

"...David Greilsammer has also proved to be a classical musician of exceptional probity and freshness..."

The Telegraph

"...Greilsammer is a sound-poet who possesses both superior technique and brilliance."

Piano News Germany

"Freshness, elegance, spark, intelligence, simplicity, evidence"

Renaud Machart, Le Monde

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Discography

  • David Greilsammer

    Scarlatti:Cage:Sonatas 2014

  • David Greilsammer

    Mozart In-Between 2012

  • David Greilsammer

    Baroque Conversations 2012

  • David Greilsammer

    Tansman, Boulanger, Gershwin 2010

  • David Greilsammer

    Mozart: Piano Concertos 22 & 24 2009

  • David Greilsammer

    fantaisie_fantasme (Solo disc) 2007

  • David Greilsammer

    Mozart: Early Piano Concertos, K.175, K.238, K.246 2005