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David Greilsammer

  • Conductor
  • Pianist


David 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 is released this winter.

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, and the Verdi Opera House in Trieste. Other engagements include concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, 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, Jerusalem Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra, and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, among others. David Greilsammer has appeared in a vast variety of captivating and unusual works, such as Erwin Schulhoff's Second Piano Concerto, tragically neglected since the composer's death in a Nazi concentration camp in 1942. This season, David Greilsammer performs a new recital programme mixing John Cage's Sonatas for the "prepared piano" with Scarlatti's Sonatas for harpsichord. He also continues touring with the programme of his recent solo recording "fantaisie_fantasme", exploringthe 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 six writers. Greilsammer has appeared with Jazz pianist Yaron Herman in an original two-piano programme called "The Mozart Improvisations", and he will also be touring with Jazz and Klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer. This season, David Greilsammer premiered in Paris Nadia Boulanger's "Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra", 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 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.