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Gilles Vonsattel

Gilles Vonsattel


Piano

Swiss-born American pianist  Gilles  Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions.  Vonsattel made his Boston Symphony (Tanglewood) and San Francisco Symphony debuts, and subsequently performed recitals and chamber music at Ravinia, Tokyo’s Musashino Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bravo! Vail, Music@Menlo, the Gilmore Festival, the Lucerne Festival, and the Munich Gasteig. His New York solo recital was hailed as “tightly conceived and passionately performed…a study in intensity” by The New York Times. 

The 2019-20 season saw Mr. Vonsattel perform with Camerata Pacifica, the Florida Orchestra, Staatorchester Hamburg, and at Beare’s Premier Music Festival in Hong Kong. His eventful 2018-19 season included a performance at Tannery Pond Concerts, performing Gershwin’s Piano Concert in F with the Huntsville Symphony, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the South Carolina Philharmonic, performances at Penn State University and Camerata Pacifica, a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in C Major with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, a performance at the Wolf Trap Foundation Chamber Music Series, a performance with the Jasper String Quartet of Dvorak’s Piano Quintet at the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem, and a collaborative performance of Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet with Paul Huang and the Emerson Quartet at the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach.

Mr. Vonsattel has additionally performed with the Spoleto Festival USA, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, SummerFest La Jolla, Swiss Chamber Concerts, Zeughaus Konzerte, at Schwetzinger Festspiele and in Memmingen (Germany), North Carolina Symphony, String Orchestra of the Rockies, Gothenburg Symphony (Sweden), and his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In collaborative recitals he performed with cellist Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas at Theatro Liceo (Spain), Paul Watkins at the Maestro Foundation in Santa Monica, and with clarinetist Jörg Widmann at San Francisco Performances and Peoples’ Symphony Concerts (New York). He also tours extensively with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center internationally in venues such as Alice Tully Hall in New York and Wigmore Hall in London.

Other recent projects include Bernstsein’s “Age of Anxiety” with the Munich Philharmonic and Kent Nagano, Berg’s Kammerkonzert with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, a tour with Jörg Widmann and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Mozart concerti with the Vancouver Symphony and Florida Orchestra, and performances at Seoul’s LG Arts Centre and at the Beijing Modern Music Festival.

Mr. Vonsattel’s 2015 release, titled Shadowlines, includes the music of Scarlatti, Webern, Messiaen, Debussy, and George Benjamin (whose composition gives the collection its title) received great acclaim, with The New York Times calling it a “mesmerizing” album in which Vonsattel traced an “intelligent and imaginative path” throughout. His 2011 recording for the Honens/Naxos label of music by Debussy, Honegger, Holliger, and Ravel was named one of Time Out New York’s classical albums of the year, while a 2014 release, Heinz Holliger: Romancendres…, with cellist Daniel Haefliger, on GENUIN/Artist Consort received a 5/5 from FonoForum and international critical praise.

He has made guest appearances with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, l’Orchestre Symphonique du Québec, Boston Pops, Nashville Symphony, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Staatskapelle Halle, and L’orchestre de chambre de Genève and has been reengaged by the San Francisco Symphony. Chamber partners include such luminaries as James Ehnes, Frank Huang, Nicolas Altstaedt, David Shifrin, David Finckel, Stefan Jackiw, Jörg Widmann, Gary Hoffman, Carter Brey, Anthony Marwood, Paul Neubauer, Paul Watkins, Phil Setzer, Emmanuel Pahud, Karen Gomyo, David Jolley, Ida Kavafian, and the Swiss Chamber Soloists. He has appeared in concert with the Pacifica, Orion, Ebène, Danish, Daedalus, Escher, and Borromeo Quartets. Committed to contemporary works, Vonsattel has performed in numerous premieres in the United States and Europe, and has worked closely with notable composers such as Jörg Widmann, Heinz Holliger, and George Benjamin. With Violinst Frank Huang and cellist David Requiro, Mr. Vonsattel performs as the Naumburg Trio. With Violinst Ida Kavafian and Horn player David Jolley, he performs as Trio Valtorna.

A former member of CMS Two, Mr. Vonsattel received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Columbia University and his master’s degree from The Juilliard School. He is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Gilles Vonsattel is a Steinway Artist.

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In the Back Room at Emerald City Music’s Arresting ‘In Blue…’ Concert

“New to most of the audience would have been Frederic Rzewski’s Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues for piano solo from 1978-79, an extraordinary evocation of the continuous and invasive sound of the cotton gins rumbling in the lowest registers. while slow blues chords could be heard higher, slow, sinuous, sensuous. Gilles Vonsattel played this virtuosic work, leaving an indelible feel of the factory floor.”

– Philippa Kiraly, The SunBreakRelated Link

HSO’s ‘Beethoven and Ravel’ Adventurous

“Vonsattel has a buoyant, natural musicality that lends itself nicely to this concerto, which mixes the spontaneous with the precise, relaxed humor with mechanical complexity. Smirnoff and Vonsattel made an effective team.”

– Jeffrey Johnson, Hartford CourantRelated Link

Nagano, Vonsattel and CSO fete Bernstein in style

“Gilles Vonsattel made a most impressive CSO debut in the symphony’s prominent keyboard part. The Swiss-American pianist kept his role in proper scale, skirting spotlight-grabbing concerto bravura, yet always fully serving the score’s lyrical and dramatic demands as needed. Vonsattel was especially inspired in putting across the jazz-based essence of Bernstein’s piano writing—in the “Masque” the pianist was less concerned with speed than style, tossing off the skittering syncopations with a light, kitten-on-the-keys panache that was delightful and felt just right.”

– Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical ReviewRelated Link

Serene Fire in Palo Alto – Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

“Vonsattel’s silken treble passages soon became standard fare and reminded us that Beethoven took pleasure in displaying his own keyboard virtuosity.”

– Gary Lemco, Peninsula ReviewRelated Link

CSO under Kent Nagano delivers a snazzy slice of vintage Bernstein

Thursday’s soloist, Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel, brought urbane charm and winning panache to the extensive solo part. His breezy, light-on-the keys approach..was fluid and rhythmically deft and it worked. So, for that matter, did everything else about the performance.

– Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical ReviewRelated Link

Ebullience from Rockport Duo

“From the opening notes of Beethoven’s Sonata in F Major Op 24 for Piano and Violin (Spring), we realized we were hearing something special. Gorgeous violin playing and remarkably sensitive piano playing blossomed in every phrase and every movement of this sonata and the two sonatas that followed.”

– Susan Miron, The Boston Musical IntelligencerRelated Link

‘Poetry in Music’ and Gilles Vonsattel

“… a great recital, like the one captured on this mesmerizing disc by the immensely talented pianist Gilles Vonsattel, is more than the sum of its parts. With intelligence and imagination he traces a path from the proud soliloquies of Scarlatti’s sonatas to the doubt-riddled monologues of Webern’s Variations and George Benjamin’s ‘Shadowlines,’ a sequence of ‘canonic preludes’ that take the piano’s ability to project split personalities to dramatic heights.”

– Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York TimesRelated Link

Keyboard Revolutions at Music@Menlo

“Pianist Gilles Vonsattel returned with a program peppered with themes of nationalism and revolution.

“Liszt’s Funérailles led the geopolitical revolutionaries, with a haunting depiction of the bloody, failed Hungarian Revolution of 1848. Beginning with the dissonant bells, Vonsattel vividly illustrated the terror of the uprising with the eruption of violent forces in his left hand with exceptional clarity.

“For musical revolutions, Vonsattel gave listeners Beethoven’s Six Bagatelles, Op. 126, and Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, ‘Moonlight.’ The Bagatelles, which opened the concert, were written in Beethoven’s last years, and their innovative quality, full of surprises and humor, was illustrated with full colors.”

– Ken Iisaka, San Francisco Classical VoiceRelated Link

Camerata Pacifica Turns 30 with Auerbach and Beethoven

“Paul Huang and Giles Vonsattel accomplished the task by being absolutely focused on making the most beautifully coherent sounds they could out of what Auerbach threw at them on a prelude by prelude basis, casually turning impossible feats of virtuosity into seamless parts of a larger whole.

Vonsattel worked as if he were revealing music out of sound the way Michelangelo revealed figures in stone. He had a wonderful light touch, but one was always aware that he could unleash formidable power at any moment. Huang was precise, decisive, he dealt with the most fiendish high notes literally without batting an eye; even amongst pounding octave runs leading to double stops, he found deep solitude.”

– Laurence Vittes, BachtrackRelated Link

 

Shostakovich: Piano Trios & Violin Sonata – Claves Records | Released 12/22/2017


 

Shadowlines – Honens | Released 10/09/2015


 

Music@Menlo LIVE’s 2013 edition: From Bach – Music@Menlo LIVE | Released 04/22/2014


 

Debussy, Holliger, Honneger, & Ravel: Piano Works – Honens | Released 09/25/2012


 

DG Concerts – Bartok: Contrasts – Dvorak: Piano Quintet – Deutsche Grammophon | Released 06/05/2007


Orchestral

  • Bach
    Concerto in d minor, BWV 1052

    Bartók
    Concerto No. 2 in G Major, BB101, SZ.95

    Beethoven
    Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
    Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
    Concerto No. 3 in c minor, Op. 37
    Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, “Emperor,” Op. 73

    Bernstein
    Symphony No. 2: The Age of Anxiety for Piano and Orchestra

    Brahms
    Concerto No. 1 in d minor, Op. 15

    Gershwin
    Concerto in F
    Rhapsody in Blue

    Grieg
    Concerto in a minor, Op. 16

    Liszt
    Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, S. 124
    Totentanz (Dance of Death), S. 126, R. 457

     

    Mozart
    Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, K. 238
    Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271
    Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414
    Concerto No. 20 in d minor, K 466
    Concerto No. 21 in C Major, KV 467
    Concerto No. 23 in A Major, KV 488

    Prokofiev
    Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 10
    Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26

    Rachmaninov
    Concerto No. 1, Op. 1 in f-sharp minor (revised version)
    Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 in c minor
    Concerto No. 3 in d minor, Op. 30
    Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini, Op. 43

    Ravel
    Concerto in G Major

    Schumann
    Concerto in a minor, Op. 54

    Shostakovich
    Concerto in c minor for Piano, Trumpet, and String Orchestra, Op. 35

    Strauss
    « Burleske » in d minor for Piano and Orchestra

Orchestral

  • Bach
    Concerto in d minor, BWV 1052

    Bartók
    Concerto No. 2 in G Major, BB101, SZ.95

    Beethoven
    Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
    Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
    Concerto No. 3 in c minor, Op. 37
    Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, “Emperor,” Op. 73

    Bernstein
    Symphony No. 2: The Age of Anxiety for Piano and Orchestra

    Brahms
    Concerto No. 1 in d minor, Op. 15

    Gershwin
    Concerto in F
    Rhapsody in Blue

    Grieg
    Concerto in a minor, Op. 16

    Liszt
    Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, S. 124
    Totentanz (Dance of Death), S. 126, R. 457

     

    Mozart
    Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, K. 238
    Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271
    Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414
    Concerto No. 20 in d minor, K 466
    Concerto No. 21 in C Major, KV 467
    Concerto No. 23 in A Major, KV 488

    Prokofiev
    Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 10
    Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26

    Rachmaninov
    Concerto No. 1, Op. 1 in f-sharp minor (revised version)
    Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 in c minor
    Concerto No. 3 in d minor, Op. 30
    Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini, Op. 43

    Ravel
    Concerto in G Major

    Schumann
    Concerto in a minor, Op. 54

    Shostakovich
    Concerto in c minor for Piano, Trumpet, and String Orchestra, Op. 35

    Strauss
    « Burleske » in d minor for Piano and Orchestra

Audio

Ravel: Gaspard De La Nuit – Ondine

Schumann: Arabesque in C Major

Liszt: Les Jeux d’Eau à la Villa d’Este

Debussy: Images Série I – Reflets Dans L’eau

Debussy: Images Série I – Hommage A Rameau

Holliger: Elis – Drei Nachtstücke Für Klavier

Video

Documents

Short Biography

Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions, and was selected for the 2016 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. In recent years, he has made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and San Francisco Symphony while performing recitals and chamber music at Ravinia, Tokyo’s Musashino Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bravo! Vail, Chamber Music Northwest, and Music@Menlo.

Deeply committed to the performance of contemporary music, he has premiered numerous works both in the United States and Europe and has worked closely with notable composers including Jörg Widmann, Heinz Holliger, and George Benjamin. Recent and upcoming projects include appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety), Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg (Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue), Beethoven concertos with the Santa Barbara Symphony and Florida Orchestra, as well as multiple appearances with the Chamber Music Society.

An alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), Mr. Vonsattel received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Columbia University and his master’s degree from The Juilliard School. He currently makes his home in New York City and serves as a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Full Biography

Swiss-born American pianist  Gilles  Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions.  Vonsattel made his Boston Symphony (Tanglewood) and San Francisco Symphony debuts, and subsequently performed recitals and chamber music at Ravinia, Tokyo’s Musashino Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bravo! Vail, Music@Menlo, the Gilmore Festival, the Lucerne Festival, and the Munich Gasteig. His New York solo recital was hailed as “tightly conceived and passionately performed…a study in intensity” by The New York Times. 

The 2019-20 season saw Mr. Vonsattel perform with Camerata Pacifica, the Florida Orchestra, Staatorchester Hamburg, and at Beare’s Premier Music Festival in Hong Kong. His eventful 2018-19 season included a performance at Tannery Pond Concerts, performing Gershwin’s Piano Concert in F with the Huntsville Symphony, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the South Carolina Philharmonic, performances at Penn State University and Camerata Pacifica, a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in C Major with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, a performance at the Wolf Trap Foundation Chamber Music Series, a performance with the Jasper String Quartet of Dvorak’s Piano Quintet at the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem, and a collaborative performance of Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet with Paul Huang and the Emerson Quartet at the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach.

Mr. Vonsattel has additionally performed with the Spoleto Festival USA, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, SummerFest La Jolla, Swiss Chamber Concerts, Zeughaus Konzerte, at Schwetzinger Festspiele and in Memmingen (Germany), North Carolina Symphony, String Orchestra of the Rockies, Gothenburg Symphony (Sweden), and his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In collaborative recitals he performed with cellist Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas at Theatro Liceo (Spain), Paul Watkins at the Maestro Foundation in Santa Monica, and with clarinetist Jörg Widmann at San Francisco Performances and Peoples’ Symphony Concerts (New York). He also tours extensively with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center internationally in venues such as Alice Tully Hall in New York and Wigmore Hall in London.

Other recent projects include Bernstsein’s “Age of Anxiety” with the Munich Philharmonic and Kent Nagano, Berg’s Kammerkonzert with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, a tour with Jörg Widmann and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Mozart concerti with the Vancouver Symphony and Florida Orchestra, and performances at Seoul’s LG Arts Centre and at the Beijing Modern Music Festival.

Mr. Vonsattel’s 2015 release, titled Shadowlines, includes the music of Scarlatti, Webern, Messiaen, Debussy, and George Benjamin (whose composition gives the collection its title) received great acclaim, with The New York Times calling it a “mesmerizing” album in which Vonsattel traced an “intelligent and imaginative path” throughout. His 2011 recording for the Honens/Naxos label of music by Debussy, Honegger, Holliger, and Ravel was named one of Time Out New York’s classical albums of the year, while a 2014 release, Heinz Holliger: Romancendres…, with cellist Daniel Haefliger, on GENUIN/Artist Consort received a 5/5 from FonoForum and international critical praise.

He has made guest appearances with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, l’Orchestre Symphonique du Québec, Boston Pops, Nashville Symphony, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Staatskapelle Halle, and L’orchestre de chambre de Genève and has been reengaged by the San Francisco Symphony. Chamber partners include such luminaries as James Ehnes, Frank Huang, Nicolas Altstaedt, David Shifrin, David Finckel, Stefan Jackiw, Jörg Widmann, Gary Hoffman, Carter Brey, Anthony Marwood, Paul Neubauer, Paul Watkins, Phil Setzer, Emmanuel Pahud, Karen Gomyo, David Jolley, Ida Kavafian, and the Swiss Chamber Soloists. He has appeared in concert with the Pacifica, Orion, Ebène, Danish, Daedalus, Escher, and Borromeo Quartets. Committed to contemporary works, Vonsattel has performed in numerous premieres in the United States and Europe, and has worked closely with notable composers such as Jörg Widmann, Heinz Holliger, and George Benjamin. With Violinst Frank Huang and cellist David Requiro, Mr. Vonsattel performs as the Naumburg Trio. With Violinst Ida Kavafian and Horn player David Jolley, he performs as Trio Valtorna.

A former member of CMS Two, Mr. Vonsattel received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Columbia University and his master’s degree from The Juilliard School. He is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Gilles Vonsattel is a Steinway Artist.

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