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Conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is recognised as one of the most imaginative and audacious artists of today. Following his 2004 concert debut at New York’s Lincoln Center, he went on to become ‘Young Musician of the Year’ at the French Music Awards and has since gained international acclaim for his unique and bold approach to music. Known for his fascinating programmes, David Greilsammer has been hailed by critics and audiences for the sensitivity, freshness and elegance of his performances. Last December, The New York Times selected his last solo album “Baroque Conversations” (Sony Classical), as well as his last New York recital, among the best and most interesting events of the year. Widely known as an outstanding Mozart interpreter, Greilsammer has devoted a significant part of his career to Mozart’s music. In 2008, David Greilsammer performed in Paris all of Mozart’s piano sonatas in a one-day “marathon”. Over the 2012-13 season, he played and directed a complete cycle of Mozart’s twenty-seven piano concertos, accompanied by L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève – of which he was Music Director from 2009 to 2013. David Greilsammer has recorded

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Conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is recognised as one of the most imaginative and audacious artists of today. Following his 2004 concert debut at New York’s Lincoln Center, he went on to become ‘Young Musician of the Year’ at the French Music Awards and has since gained international acclaim for his unique and bold approach to music. Known for his fascinating programmes, David Greilsammer has been hailed by critics and audiences for the sensitivity, freshness and elegance of his performances. Last December, The New York Times selected his last solo album “Baroque Conversations” (Sony Classical), as well as his last New York recital, among the best and most interesting events of the year.

Widely known as an outstanding Mozart interpreter, Greilsammer has devoted a significant part of his career to Mozart’s music. In 2008, David Greilsammer performed in Paris all of Mozart’s piano sonatas in a one-day “marathon”. Over the 2012-13 season, he played and directed a complete cycle of Mozart’s twenty-seven piano concertos, accompanied by L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève – of which he was Music Director from 2009 to 2013. David Greilsammer has recorded various albums devoted to the great Amadeus; the most recent recording, for Sony Classical, in which he conducts a program of rarely-heard works by Mozart, has been widely praised by the press worldwide.

David Greilsammer is Music and Artistic Director of the Geneva Camerata (GECA). With this innovative and creative ensemble, he will perform over thirty concerts during the 2013-2014 season, including concerts in Berlin, Paris and London, appearances at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad and Electron Festivals, as well as collaborations with dancers, painters, video artists and actors, in a variety of outstanding venues. During Geneva Camerata’s main concert series, David Greilsammer conducts the ensemble with an eclectic programme, featuring today’s greatest soloists, such as Steven Isserlis, Emmanuel Pahud, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Andreas Scholl, and Daniel Hope.

Greilsammer has also served as Artistic Director of the Suedama Ensemble in New York, with whom he made his debut recording in 2006. The success of this disc was immediately followed by an exclusive contract with Naïve Records and three critically-acclaimed albums: a solo recital named “fantaisie_fantasme”, Mozart’s late piano concertos conducted from the keyboard, and a live concert in Paris with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In 2011, David Greilsammer signed an exclusive contract with Sony Classical, releasing two albums in 2012. His upcoming disc, combining the music of Scarlatti and John Cage, will be released in 2014.

Greilsammer has recently appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Taipei Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony, Filarmonica di Torino, Bournemouth Symphony, and in the last season he has conducted the Israel Symphony Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic, Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra, Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, and the Mexico National Symphony. In 2013-2014, David Greilsammer will be Artist in Residence at the Saint-Etienne Opera, and will also conduct the Milwaukee Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Haifa Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Tromso Orchestra in Norway and the Meitar Ensemble in Tel Aviv.

As a pianist, Greilsammer made his Tokyo debut in 2010 and appeared numerous times at New York’s Lincoln Center. He has appeared at the major American Festivals, such as “Ravinia” and “Mostly Mozart”, and has also performed at the Verbier Festival, Lisbon Music Days Festival, Wigmore Hall, Salle Pleyel, Zurich Tonhalle, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Beijing Forbidden City Theatre, and Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.

Born in Jerusalem in 1977, Greilsammer started his music studies at the Rubin Conservatory in his native city. After his military service in Israel, he attended The Juilliard School as a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky, in addition to studies with Richard Goode.

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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