About

Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions. Vonsattel made his Boston Symphony (Tanglewood) and San Francisco Symphony debuts, and subsequently performed recitals and chamber music at Ravinia, Tokyo’s Musashino Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bravo! Vail, Music@Menlo, the Gilmore Festival, the Lucerne Festival, and the Munich Gasteig. His New York solo recital was hailed as “tightly conceived and passionately performed…a study in intensity” by The New York Times.

Recent projects include Bernstsein’s “Age of Anxiety” with the Munich Philharmonic and Kent Nagano, Berg’s Kammerkonzert with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, a tour with Jörg Widmann and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Mozart concerti with the Vancouver Symphony and Florida Orchestra, and performances at Seoul's LG Arts Centre and at the Beijing Modern Music Festival.

Posted: Nov-13-2017
Latest News

Vonsattel was chosen as the recipient of the 2016 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award by Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine.  The recipient is chosen based on anonymous nominations and must be a pianist under the age of 40 who has become influential in the world of chamber music.  Of Vonsattel, Artist Director Manuel Bagorro said, "Gilles has a rare combination of gifts. This includes a wonderful technique and superb musicianship, of course. But it also includes that rare ability to show unique musical personality while at the same time supporting and encouraging the voices of others in a chamber music ensemble. We are thrilled to present Gilles on our Summer 2016 concert series.”  

Posted: Jan-13-2016
Latest Recording

This recital album is Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel’s second studio recording on the Honens label. The 2009 Honens Laureate built the recording around George Benjamin’s ‘Shadowlines’—the composer’s 2001 large scale work for piano. The album also includes works by Debussy, Messiaen, Scarlatti and Webern.

Posted: Oct-9-2015
Latest Acclaim

"Vonsattel has a buoyant, natural musicality that lends itself nicely to this concerto, which mixes the spontaneous with the precise, relaxed humor with mechanical complexity. Smirnoff and Vonsattel made an effective team."

— Hartford Courant
Posted: Jan-21-2017
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Posted: Dec-15-2015