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Gerrit Prießnitz
Since September 2020 Head of Music, Kapellmeister & Advisor in Artistic Matters at Volksoper Vienna.
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

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
Originating from Bonn, Gerrit Priessnitz is currently “Head of Music, Kapellmeister and Adviser in artistic matters“ 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 Vienna, where he has conducted an enormously diverse range of repertoire from Mozart to Berlioz, Strauss and Manfred Trojahn.

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, Sofia, Tokyo, Nagoya, South Korea and a mixture of German orchestras and opera houses complement his dynamic career, specifically 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, Jenaer Philharmonie, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Herford, Schlossfestspiele Staatstheater Schwerin.

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).

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