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With repertoire that ranges from Bach's Art of the Fugue to Xenakis, as well as equal comfort as a soloist
and chamber musician, Vonsattel displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers.
He began touring after capturing the top prize at the prestigious 2002 Naumburg International Piano Competition. He
made his Alice Tully Hall debut that same year and has since performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic; at Zürich's
Tonhalle, Warsaw's Chopin Festival, and Tokyo's Opera City Hall; and in the U.S. with the Utah, Santa Fe, Nashville,
and Grand Rapids symphonies, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In July 2010 he made his Boston Symphony Orchestra
and Tanglewood debuts in the Brahms First Piano Concerto under Herbert Blomstedt, and in 2011 he made his San
Francisco Symphony debut. A former member of the Chamber Music Society Two, Vonsattel is an artist member of
the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
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Personal website: www.gillesvonsattel.com
PIANO STUDIO; ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Winner of a 2008 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of uncommon
Vonsattel has performed on the renowned stages of Boston's Symphony Hall, Cleveland's Severance Hall, the Herbst Theatre in
San Francisco, Aspen Music Festival's Benedict Music Tent, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, and Geneva's Victoria Hall. Recent
recitals include performances at the Library of Congress, the Gilmore, La Roque d'Anthéron, Musée d'Orsay, Davos
Festival, Zürich's Tonhalle, Warsaw's National Philharmonic Hall, La Jolla Music Society, the Munich Gasteig and
Atlanta's Spivey Hall. Deeply committed to the chamber music repertoire, he has performed with the Seattle and Philadelphia
chamber music societies, and has collaborated with artists such as Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Jerome Lowenthal, David Shifrin, Heinz Holliger, Gary Hoffman, Carter Brey, and Yo-Yo Ma. He has performed with the Borromeo, St. Petersburg, Pacifica, Ying, Orion, and Ebène Quartets and has given the world premieres of works by Ned Rorem (Alice Tully Hall) and Nico Muhly (National Gallery of Art).
Vonsattel is regularly invited to prestigious festivals, including Rockport, Angelfire, Ottawa, Bridgehampton, Seattle,
Caramoor, West Cork, and Archipel. The top prize winner at the 2006 Geneva International Music Competition, Vonsattel
was a laureate of the 2009 Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary and is also a laureate of the Cleveland and
Dublin piano competitions. He has been heard frequently on NPR's Performance Today, Radio France Musique, CBC, ARD, and the
BBC. Vonsattel's recording of Liszt solo works and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with L'Orchestre de Chambre de
Genève was released in 2007 on the Pan Classics label to critical acclaim. His recording of Bartók's Contrasts on Deutsche Grammophon with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is available for download on iTunes.
In 2011 a new recording was released on the Honens label featuring the music of Ravel, Debussy, Honegger, and
After studying with pianist David Deveau in Boston, Vonsattel received his B.A. in political science and economics from
Columbia University and his M.M. from The Juilliard School, where he worked with Jerome Lowenthal. Beginning in September
2010, he assumed the position of Assistant Professor of Piano at University of Massachusetts/Amherst.
Photo by John Solem/UMass Amherst