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Gerrit Prießnitz
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
Premiere Benjamin Britten "Death in Venice" Volksoper Wien 2022
Austrian Music Theatre Prize 2019 for the "Best Ballet Production" for Hector Berlioz' "Romeo et Juliette"
SONY Classical, Belvedere, Unitel/ Cmajor Entertainment, Bayerischer Rundfunk   
Short Biography
„A true magician on the baton“, „with momentum, elegance and luxuriously colourful“, „it should always sound like that“ - Gerrit Priessnitz receives praise for his interpretations of contemporary music as well as for the classical-romantic repertoire. Originating from Bonn, he conducted three premieres at the Volksoper Vienna in 2022 and is a much sought-after guest at the helm of numerous international orchestras and opera houses. Upcoming debuts include the Belgrade Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic and Filharmonie Brno.

After completing his studies with distinction at the University "Mozarteum" in Salzburg, he was first engaged at the Theater Erfurt. As of 2006 Gerrit Priessnitz is associated with the Volksoper Vienna, where he has conducted an enormously diverse range of repertoire from Mozart to Berlioz, Strauss, Trojahn and Glanert. In 2018/19 he served as „Principal Guest Conductor“ at the Theatre Chemnitz.

Further guest appearances have taken him to the Vienna State Opera, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Hilversum, Hamburg State Opera, Opera Cologne, Bruckner Orchestra, Landestheater Linz and Moerbisch Lake Operetta Festival, among others.

Performances in Graz, Maribor, Augsburg, Lucerne, Bologna, Bari, Córdoba, Sofia, Tokyo, Nagoya, Ulsan (South Korea) and a mixture of German orchestras and opera houses complement his dynamic career, specifically MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, Bamberger Symphoniker, Beethoven Festival Bonn, Aalto Musiktheater Essen, Muenchner Rundfunkorchester, Staatskapelle Halle, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie Chemnitz, Wuerttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Norddeutsche Philharmonie, Volkstheater Rostock, Nuernberger Symphoniker and many more.

Gerrit Priessnitz has been appointed as Professor for Music Drama Education at the Graz Arts University (KUG) starting in 2023; since autumn 2017 he has held a teaching position for opera at the Private University of Music and Art Vienna (MUK).


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