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
Austrian Music Theatre Prize 2019 for the "Best Ballet Production" for Hector Berlioz' "Romeo et Juliette"
Recordings
SONY Classical, Belvedere, Unitel/ Cmajor Entertainment, Bayerischer Rundfunk   
Short Biography
Originating from Bonn, Gerrit Priessnitz is permanent guest conductor at the Volksoper Vienna as well as a much sought-after guest at the helm of numerous European orchestras and opera houses.

After completing his studies with distinction at the University "Mozarteum" in Salzburg, he was first engaged at the Theater Erfurt, where from 2001-2006 he served as Staff Conductor and Head of Music. As of 2006 Gerrit Priessnitz is associated with the Volksoper Wien, where he has conducted an enormously diverse range of repertoire from Mozart to Berlioz, Strauss and Manfred Trojahn. Until 2011 he was Artistic Director of the Vienna Academic Philharmonic Orchestra.

Guest appearances have taken him to the Vienna State Opera, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Hilversum, Hamburg State Opera, Bruckner Orchestra, Landestheater Linz and Moerbisch Lake Operetta Festival, among others.
Performances in Graz, Maribor, Augsburg, Lucerne, Bologna, Bari, Japan and a mixture of German orchestras and opera houses complement his dynamic career, specifically Bamberger Symphoniker, Aalto Musiktheater Essen, Muenchner Rundfunkorchester, Staatskapelle Halle, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie Chemnitz, Wuerttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Norddeutsche Philharmonie, Volkstheater Rostock, Nuernberger Symphoniker, Jenaer Philharmonie, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Herford, Schlossfestspiele Staatstheater Schwerin and Theater Augsburg

Regular appearances particularly at the Cologne Opera have included performances of "Ariadne auf Naxos", "Rigoletto", "Die Fledermaus", "The Turn of the Screw", "Die Csárdásfürstin" and a premiere in 2019, “Je suis Jacques”, in commemoration of the bicentennial of the 200th anniversary of Jacques Offenbach’s birth.

As of autumn 2017 Gerrit Prießnitz holds a teaching position for opera at the Private University of Music and Art in Vienna (MUK).

Under his musical direction, Hector Berlioz's "Romeo et Juliette" received the Austrian Music Theatre Prize for "Best Ballet Production" in 2019.

2019/2020
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