David Greilsammer, piano “The Labyrinth"
6pm doors • 7pm show
Pianist David Greilsammer takes a musical journey to the heart of a strange and dazzling labyrinth in this solo recital that spans musical eras. “On An Overgrown Path”, Leoš Janáček’s anthology of short piano pieces, forms the basis for the program, with other pieces interspersed like hidden vistas revealed by a winding path. These inset moments include everything from Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s gallant flourishes to a new work from Ofer Pelz commissioned specifically for this project, and they climax in a new piano arrangement of the French Baroque composer Jean-Féry Rebel’s strikingly dissonant depiction of primordial chaos. This wide-ranging program explores the ways that feelings of inner disorientation can lead to the pursuit of new routes and ideas.
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 the Recordings of the Year, in addition to choosing 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 ground-breaking musical projects and programs, ranging from early baroque to contemporary music, David Greilsammer has also been celebrated for his Mozart performances. He has performed in Paris all of Mozart’s piano sonatas in a one-day “marathon” and recently, he has conducted from the keyboard all of Mozart’s twenty-seven piano concertos, in one season.
An exclusive Sony Classical artist, David Greilsammer has released four critically-acclaimed albums for this label, all presenting eclectic and bold programs. He has also recorded several albums for the Naïve label, all awarded with international prizes and distinctions.
Since 2013, David Greilsammer serves as Music and Artistic Director of the Geneva Camerata (GECA). With this vibrant and visionary orchestra, he has performed on numerous international tours and festivals, and has collaborated with some of today’s most prestigious soloists, opera singers, jazz performers, choreographers, and actors. In 2018 the Geneva Camerata released for Sony Classical “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, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Mexico National Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony.
In the past seasons David Greilsammer has performed in numerous concert halls and festivals worldwide, such as Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Verbier Festival, Mostly Mozart Festiva in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Forbidden City Hall in Beijing, and the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. His latest recital program, named “Labyrinth”, has been described by the New York Times as “fascinating and courageous”.