Gerrit Prießnitz
GEN
Born
Bonn, Germany
Studies
Universität "Mozarteum" Salzburg with Prof. Dennis Russell Davies, Prof. Karl Kamper, Prof. Jorge Rotter
Masterclasses with Claus Peter Flor, Kenneth Montgomery

Highlights
"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

Prizes

Recordings
SONY Classical, Belvedere, Unitel/ Cmajor Entertainment, Bayerischer Rundfunk   
Short Biography
A native of Bonn, conductor Gerrit Priessnitz is conducting Richard Strauss' “Josephslegende” at the Vienna State Opera, “Tannhäuser” at the Theatre Chemnitz, works by Berlioz, Mozart, Offenbach and Strauss II at the Vienna Volksoper as well as symphony concerts in Dortmund (Germany), Ulsan (South Korea) and Sofia in 2017/18.

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.

2017/2018
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