Gerrit Prießnitz

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Gerrit Prießnitz was born in Bonn. He is currently a regular guest conductor at the Vienna Volksoper and is closely associated with various European opera houses and orchestras. In 2018/19, he served as "First Permanent Guest Conductor" of the Chemnitz Theatre and for the first time stood at the helm of the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta de Córdoba. Under his musical direction, the Vienna Vioksoper Production of Hector Berlioz's "Roméo et Juliette" was awarded the Austrian Music Theatre Prize for "Best Ballet Production".  The season 2019/20 includes débuts at the Beethovenfest Bonn and with the Brandenburg State Orchestra.

Gerrit Prießnitz made his début with the Bamberg Symphony as well as with the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Mörbisch Lake Festival in 2016/17; further with Hindemith's late opera "Die Harmonie der Welt" Gerrit Prießnitz made his début at the Landestheater Linz, which was described in the annual survey of Germany magazine "Opernwelt" as "Rediscovery of the Year".

At the Vienna State Opera in 2013 he directed the premiere of Hans Werner Henze's "Pollicino", which was followed by invitations to Richard Strauss' "Josephslegende" and "Der Nussknacker". In 2014 he conducted a concert performance of "Fidelio" at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and in the same year he made his début at the Hamburg State Opera with the premiere of "La Belle Hélène", which was immediately followed by an invitation as a substitute for "Carmen". Gerrit Prießnitz collaborates with the most important singers of our time such as Piotr Beczala, Linda Watson, Klaus Florian Vogt, Vesselina Kasarova, Jennifer Larmore and Kurt Rydl.

His extensive guest appearances have taken him to the Cologne Opera, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Aalto Musiktheater Essen, the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Brucknerhaus Linz (Bruckner Orchestra), the Bunka Kaikan Theatre Tokyo, the Aichi Arts Center Nagoya, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Robert Schumann Philharmonie Chemnitz, the Schlossfestspiele Schwerin, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Herford, the Jena Philharmonie, the Theater Luzern, the Slovenian National Theater Maribor and repeatedly the Lower Austrian Tonkünstlerorchester.

From 2006 to 2013 he was permanently engaged at the Volksoper Vienna, where he conducted an extraordinarily extense amount repertoire: "Ariadne auf Naxos", "Salome", "Der Freischütz", "Rusalka", "Tosca", "La Bohème", the premieres of Henze's "Wundertheater" and Krenek's "Kehraus um St. Stephan", "Carmen", "L'heure espagnole", "Die Zauberflöte", "Le nozze di Figaro", "Die Entführung aus dem Serail", and many more. He returned to the Volksoper in 2014 with the highly acclaimed and euphorically acclaimed premiere of "Albert Herring" and the premiere of the ballet "Ein Reigen". Since then he has conducted numerous repertoire performances and premieres as a permanent guest conductor at the Volksoper (also as part of the Japan guest performance in 2016).

As Artistic Director of the Vienna Academic Philharmonic, he regularly performed romantic programs in the 2009-2011 seasons at both the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein. From 2001 to 2006, he worked as conductor and study director at the Theater Erfurt. There he also conducted significant parts of the house repertoire up to performances of the world premiere production of Philip Glass' "Waiting for the Barbarians".

Gerrit Prießnitz graduated with distinction from the Salzburg Mozarteum University in 2001. In the orchestra conducting class of Prof. Dennis Russell Davies and the choir conducting class of Prof. Karl Kamper he also received the prize for extraordinary artistic achievements of the Austrian Ministry of Education and Culture, the Bernhard Paumgartner Medal of the International Mozarteum Foundation, scholarships of the Ministry of Education and the ERASMUS programme of the EU.

Since autumn 2017, Gerrit Prießnitz has held a teaching position at the Private University of Music and Art in Vienna (MUK) for opera in the conducting program.


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