Gerrit Prießnitz
GEN/CONCERT
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 has an exciting 2016/17 season ahead, with two opera premieres at the Vienna Volksoper and debuts with the Bamberg Symphony, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Landestheater Linz, and the Mörbisch Festival.

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", Henze's "Wundertheater", Krenek's “Kehraus um St. Stephan", 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.

After his studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Prof. Dennis Russell Davies and Prof. Karl Kamper, he was Kapellmeister at Theater Erfurt from 2001 to 2006. 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 Orchester Linz, Graz, Lucerne, Bologna, and Bari. Priessnitz has also appeared with renowned German orchestras and opera houses including Aalto Theater Essen, Munich Radio
Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, North German Philharmonic Rostock, Jena Philharmonic, Schwerin Festival, Theater Augsburg, among others.
In April 2013, he conducted the premiere of Hans Werner Henze's "Pollicino" at the Vienna State Opera, a production that has been released on DVD. This 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".

Gerrit Priessnitz has worked with some of the leading singers of our time, such as Piotr Beczala, Linda Watson, Vesselina Kasarova, Kurt Rydl, Jennifer Larmore and Klaus Florian Vogt. CD and DVD recordings of these performances and collaborations are available at SONY Classical and Unitel.
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.

2016/2017
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