Gerrit Prießnitz
Principle Guest Conductor of Theater Chemnitz
Bonn, Germany
Universität "Mozarteum" Salzburg with Prof. Dennis Russell Davies, Prof. Karl Kamper, Prof. Jorge Rotter
Masterclasses with Claus Peter Flor, Kenneth Montgomery

"Fidelio" konzertant at Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Premiere Hans Werner Henze "Pollicino" Wiener Staatsoper
Premiere Jacques Offenbach "La Belle Hélène" Hamburgische Staatsoper
Premieren von Benjamin Britten "Albert Herring", Ernst Krenek "Kehraus um St. Stephan", Hans Werner Henze "Das Wundertheater",
Jacques Offenbach "Les contes d'Hoffmann", Manfred Trojahn "Limonen aus Sizilien" Volksoper Wien
Bruckner Orchester Linz, Oper Köln, Münchner Rundfunkorchester


SONY Classical, Belvedere, Unitel/ Cmajor Entertainment, Bayerischer Rundfunk   
Short Biography
A native of Bonn, Gerrit Priessnitz is currently Principle Guest Conductor at the Chemnitz Opera and a regular guest conductor at the Vienna Volksoper. The 2018/19 season includes the premiere of Franco Faccio's re-discovered "Amleto" in Chemnitz, his debut in Spain with the Orquesta de Córdoba as well as Gerrit Priessnitz' return to the Staatskapelle Halle and the Opera Cologne.
In 2013, he conducted the premiere of Hans Werner Henze's "Pollicino" at the Vienna State Opera, a production that has been released on DVD and was followed by a re-invitation to conduct "The Nutcracker". At the Cologne Opera, he has led productions of "Ariadne auf Naxos", "Die Csárdásfürstin", "Rigoletto", "Die Fledermaus" and "The Turn of the Screw". With a concert performance of Beethoven's "Fidelio" in 2014, he made his debut conducting the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; with the premiere of Offenbach's "La Belle Hélène", he made his enthusiastically acclaimed debut at the Hamburg State Opera, where he later conducted "Carmen" at short notice.

Guest appearances abroad have brought him several times to Japan at Bunka Kaikan Tokyo and Aichi Arts Center Nagoya, as well as to the Bruckner Orchestra and State Theatre Linz, the Mörbisch Festival, Graz, Lucerne, Maribor, Bologna, and Bari. Priessnitz has also appeared with a number of renowned German orchestras and opera houses including Bamberg Symphony, Aalto Theater Essen, Munich Radio Orchestra, Robert Schumann Philharmonic Chemnitz, Nuremberg Symphony, Wurttemberg Philharmonic Reutlingen, North German Philharmonic Rostock, Jena Philharmonic, Schwerin Festival, Theater Augsburg, among others.

He has been closely associated with the Vienna Volksoper since 2006, where he has most notably conducted Mozart, Puccini and R. Strauss, in addition to works such as "Albert Herring", "Rusalka", "Der Freischütz", "Carmen", “Tales of Hoffmann”, Henze's "Wundertheater", Krenek's “Kehraus um St. Stephan", Trojahn's “Limonen aus Sizilien”, the world premiere of the ballet evening "Ein Reigen", and several operettas. Until 2011, he was also the artistic director of the Vienna Academic Philharmonic (WAPH) with regular concerts in the Musikverein and Konzerthaus.

Since 2017 Gerrit Priessnitz is a faculty member at the conducting department of the University for Music and Arts of the City of Vienna MUK.

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