Gilles Vonsattel

Artist photo of Gilles Vonsattel - piano

Gilles Vonsattel studied in Boston with Jerome Lowenthal and graduated from the Juilliard School of Music. His musical curiosity and adventurous spirit have given rise to a large fan base in both the U.S. and Europe. After winning First Prize at the prestigious Naumburg Piano Competition in 2002, he gave his debuts at the Tonhalle Zurich, Warsaw Chopin Festival, and City Opera Hall in Tokyo, among other venues. He won several awards over the following years, including the Geneva International Music Competition in 2006 and Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, and was also a laureate of the 2009 International Piano Competition Honens in Calgary.

He has appeared with many renowned orchestras throughout America and Europe, performing at both the most prestigious international concert halls and most prominent festivals. From 2006 to 2009 he was a member of Chamber Music Society Two, and has been a full artist member since the 2012/13 season.

Highlights of recent years include his debut at London’s Wigmore Hall, and several guest appearances in Basel, Zurich, Geneva, Madrid, at the Burghof Lörrach, and at the Lucerne Festival. He has appeared in Lugano with the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (under the direction of Heinz Holliger) and Irish Chamber Orchestra. His most recent invitations include concerts and festivals such as the Chamber Music Northwest Festival in Portland, Music@Menlo in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Kissinger Sommer.

In August 2016 he served as Artist in Residence with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano, where he performed with such colleagues as Arabella Steinbacher, Pinchas Zukerman, and Avi Avital. In March 2017 Vonsattel and Nagano continued their collaboration with two concerts featuring Bernstein’s 2 nd Symphony with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. They will join together again in the 2017/18 season with the Goteborg Symphony Orchestra (Messaien’s Turangalîla-Symphonie) and Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Bernstein’s 2 nd Symphony). Vonsattel will be making a guest appearance at the Schwetzinger Festspiele with a solo recital, and will tour
North America together with Jörg Widmann in March 2018.

Vonsattel regularly works with such artists as Heinz Holliger, Jörg Widmann, Nicolas Altstaedt, Emmanuel Pahud, and Ilya Gringolts. His CDs have consistently received outstanding reviews, and his recording featuring works of Holliger, Ravel, Debussy, and Honegger made Timeout Magazine’s list of Top Ten Recordings of the Year. He collaborates closely with composer George Benjamin, and his latest CD includes Benjamin’s work Shadowlines.

In October 2015 he received the Andrew Wolf Award for his outstanding work in the field of chamber music.

Picture: Marco Borgreve

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CDs released by GENUIN

with Gilles Vonsattel

CD album cover 'Fairy Tales Without Words' (GEN 17485) with Jürg Dähler, François Benda, Gilles Vonsattel

Fairy Tales Without Words

Werke von Robert Schumann, Hans Ulrich Lehmann und György Kurtág

Jürg Dähler violin, viola
François Benda clarinet
Gilles Vonsattel piano

GEN 17485  –  3.11.2017

CD album cover 'Heinz Holliger' (GEN 14330) with Daniel Haefliger, Gilles Vonsattel

Heinz Holliger

Romancendres, Feuerwerklein, Chaconne, Partita

Daniel Haefliger cello
Gilles Vonsattel piano

GEN 14330  –  6.6.2014