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David Greilsammer is an Israeli pianist. Born August 8, 1977 in Jerusalem, he started his music studies at the age of six at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. After completing his military service in Israel he entered The Juilliard School in New York as a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. Following studies in piano and conducting, he went on to work with the American pianist Richard Goode. Greilsammer made his debut in 2004 in New York, as soloist at Lincoln Center. Since 2010, Greilsammer has been the Music Director and principal conductor of the Geneva Camerata.
In 2005, after completing his studies at Juilliard, Greilsammer signed his first recording contract with the American label Vanguard Classics. He made his first recording for Vanguard in New York, as pianist and conductor, with a program dedicated to Mozart’s early piano concertos. This recording led to a contract with the French label Naïve. For Naïve, David Greilsammer made three recordings: - “fantaisie_fantasme”, a solo piano disc that presents an encounter between different musical worlds, from baroque to contemporary music. - Mozart’s concertos no. 22 and 24, as pianist and conductor, with the Suedama Ensemble, a New York-based orchestra created by Greilsammer in 2005. - Live concert from Salle Pleyel in Paris, with works by Alexandre Tansman, Nadia Boulanger and George Gershwin, accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France. In this disc, the concertos of Tansman and Boulanger have received their world-premiere recording.
Artistic vision and projects
Greilsammer is known for his interpretation of Mozart’s music. In 2008, he performed, in a one-day marathon, all of Mozart’s piano sonatas in Paris. He then performed all the sonatas again at the Verbier Festival and on tour worldwide. Among his recital programs have been “Gates”, performed for the first time in New York in 2010, and “Scarlatti: Cage: Sonatas”, performed for the first time in Paris in 2009, with two pianos on stage. Greilsammer creates every year original projects mixing dance, theatre, and music, as well as new musical projects for children. Along with other Juilliard student colleagues (including Francesco Tristano Schlime), Greilsammer was strongly influenced by the teaching and repertoire projects of Bruce Brubaker at Juilliard. Greilsammer participated in the B-A-C-H concerts organized by Brubaker.