Gerrit Prießnitz
Principle Guest Conductor of Theater Chemnitz
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A native of Bonn, Gerrit Priessnitz is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Theatre Chemnitz. Apart from the premiere of Franco Faccio's rediscovered opera “Amleto“ in Chemnitz he leads symphony concerts of the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta de Córdoba. At the Volksoper Vienna he conduts Mozart, Berlioz and Johann Strauß, moreover Gerrit Priessnitz returns to the Opera Cologne and the Staatskapelle Halle.

At the Vienna State Opera he conducted the premiere of Hans Werner Henze's "Pollicino" in 2013, followed by re-invitations for „The Nutcracker“ (2015) and Richard Strauss' “Josephslegende“ (2017). In 2014 he made his debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and conducted a new production of Offenbach's "La Belle Hélène" for the Hamburgische Staatsoper as well as “Carmen“ at short notice. 2016/17 marked his debuts at the Bamberg Symphony, the Landestheater Linz and the Mörbisch Festival.
Gerrit Priessnitz has been working with the most distinguished singers of our time, e.g. Piotr Beczala, Linda Watson, Klaus Florian Vogt, Jennifer Larmore, Vesselina Kasarova or Kurt Rydl. CD and DVD recordings of these performances and collaborations are available at SONY Classical and Unitel.

His numerous engagements as guest conductor include some of the most renowned institutions like Opera Cologne, Aalto Theatre Essen, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari, Theatre Lucerne, Theatre Augsburg, State Theatre of Schwerin, Nuremberg Symphony, Jena Philharmonic, Slovene National Theatre Maribor or the Tonkuenstler Orchestra of Lower Austria. As Artistic Director of the Vienna Academic Philharmonic Orchestra (WAPH, 2009-2011), he regularly performed at the Vienna Konzerthaus and at the Musikverein.

From 2006 until 2013 he had been working for the Volksoper Vienna (Kapellmeister and Head of Music), where he conducted an extraordinarily wide range of repertoire, e.g. "Ariadne auf Naxos", "Salome", "Der Freischütz", "Rusalka", Krenek's "Kehraus um St. Stephan", Henze's "Wundertheater", "La Bohème, "Tosca", "Il tabarro/ Gianni Schicchi", "Carmen", "L'heure espagnole", "Le nozze di Figaro", "The Magic Flute", "The Nutcracker" and many more. With the enthusiastically acclaimed premiere of "Albert Herring" and the world premiere of the ballet "Ein Reigen" he returned in 2014 back to the Volksoper, where he since then directed numerous repertoire performances and premieres ("Tales of Hoffmann", Trojahn's "Limonen aus Sizilien", Berlioz' “Roméo et Juliette”) as resident conductor (including the Japan Tour 2016). 2001 until 2006 he had served as Kapellmeister and Head of Music for the Theatre Erfurt/ Germany, there he also conducted major parts of the company's repertoire.

Gerrit Priessnitz studied Orchestral and Choral Conducting with Dennis Russell Davies, Jorge Rotter and Karl Kamper at the University Mozarteum Salzburg where he received two Masters of Arts "cum laude" and the highest degrees. He took part in international master classes with Claus Peter Flor, Kenneth Montgomery and received scholarships by the European ERASMUS programme and the Austrian Ministry for Culture as well as the Paumgartner Medal of the International Foundation Mozarteum.

2017 he joined the faculty of the Music and Arts University of the city of Vienna (MUK) where he teaches opera in the conducting department.

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