6pm doors • 7pm show
David Greilsammer brings his most famous and innovative program to National Sawdust, fresh from the world’s greatest venues and festivals. Seated between two pianos — one traditional and the other “prepared” with sonic surprises — the virtuoso artist takes the audience on a fascinating journey where the elegant baroque music of Domenico Scarlatti meets the groundbreaking modernism of John Cage. Hailed as one of the ten most important classical events of the year by the New York Times, Scarlatti:Cage:Sonatas is a mind-expanding musical evening not to be missed!
Known for his audacious, fascinating, and imaginative interpretations, conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is recognized as one of today’s most adventurous classical artists. The New York Times has recently selected his albums Baroque Conversations and Mozart In-Between among their recordings of the year, in addition to naming his solo recital Scarlatti:Cage:Sonatas as one of the ten most important musical events of the year.
Praised by the press and public as a creator of numerous groundbreaking musical projects, ranging in focus from the early baroque to contemporary music, David Greilsammer has also been celebrated for his Mozart performances. He has performed all of Mozart’s piano sonatas in a one-day “marathon” and, recently, has conducted all of Mozart’s twenty seven piano concertos from the keyboard in one season.
An exclusive Sony Classical artist, David Greilsammer has released four critically acclaimed albums, all presenting eclectic and bold programms. His most recent album, on which he conducts and plays Ravel’s piano concerto in G with the Geneva Camerata, has been praised by the press internationally. He has also recorded several albums for the Naïve label, all awarded with prizes and distinctions.
Since 2013, David Greilsammer has served as Music and Artistic Director of the Geneva Camerata (GECA). With this vibrant and visionary orchestra, he has performed on numerous international tours and collaborated with some of today’s most prestigious soloists, opera singers, jazz performers, choreographers, and actors. In 2018, the Geneva Camerata released Sounds of Transformation, an album presenting a wild musical journey all the way from baroque to jazz.
David Greilsammer has recently performed as guest conductor and soloist with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Hamburger Symphoniker, la Verdi Orchestra di Milano, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico National Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony.
In past seasons, David Greilsammer has performed in numerous concert halls and festivals worldwide, such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, the Verbier Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Forbidden City Hall in Beijing, and the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. His latest recital programme, named Labyrinth, has been described by the New York Times as “fascinating and courageous”.