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Dionysis Grammenos

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ICA signs Greek conductor Dionysis Grammenos for General Management

ICA signs Greek conductor Dionysis Grammenos for General Management

ICA are delighted to welcome the charismatic young conductor Dionysis Grammenos to their roster for general management Praised by the international press as one of the most promising Stars of tomorrow, Dionysis enjoys the support of conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Spano and Patrick Summers Most recently, he has been invited by ...

Biography

Praised by the international press as “one of the most promising stars of tomorrow”, Greek conductor Dionysis Grammenos made his debut at the age of twenty-one with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. He received a Conducting Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival in 2016, where he conducted several orchestral and opera programmes including Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. Following this, he was invited by Johannes Debus, Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company to work with him on Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Toronto in 2018.

Supported by conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Spano and Patrick Summers, he has already conducted orchestras such as the Festival Strings Lucerne, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Hofer Symphoniker, Junge Philharmonie Wien, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Malta Philharmonic, and the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia. He has recently made his opera debut in Würzburg with Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, whilst upcoming dates include the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme of Wagner, Schumann and Brahms/Schönberg.

Dionysis Grammenos studied orchestral conducting at the Würzburg Music University under Ari Rasilainen, and graduated in 2016. He initially trained as a clarinettist at the University of Music “Franz Liszt” in Weimar and was the first ever wind player to win the Grand Prix d’Eurovision from the European Broadcasting Union. In addition, he was awarded the “European Young Musician of the Year” prize by the same organisation.

In 2013/14 he was selected for the ECHO Rising Stars programme, which took him to some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Kölner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Vienna, Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Barbican Centre in London. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall and the Berliner Philharmonie. As a soloist, he has worked with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Dionysis’ debut CD with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Ari Rasilainen was released by Naïve featuring works by Spohr, Nielsen and Debussy. He subsequently made a recording with transcriptions by Schumann and Schubert for Warner Classics in collaboration with the harpist Anneleen Lenaerts.

He has been honoured with the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts and the Gold Medal of the City of Athens.  In Greece, he has become something of a national treasure: a stamp with his picture has recently been issued.

Reviews

Dionysis Grammenos is an artist full of vitality, vitality that is so important to the world of classical music.
- Christian Lindberg
 (trombonist, composer, conductor)
, 2017
A child prodigy! (Ein wunderkind!)
- Daniel Stabrawa
 (1st Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker)
, 2017
Dionysis Grammenos is a phenomenon in music, among these that come along once in a rare while. Tremendously talented and gifted with extraordinary musicality.
- Theodor Antoniou
 (Composer, Maestro, Prof. Boston University)
, 2016
He is a major talent. His natural affinity on the podium is very rare, and his musicianship is extremely refined.
- Larry Rachleff
 (Music Director Rhode Island Philharmonic, Professor of Music Rice University)
, 2017
Mr Grammenos has proven to me his extraordinary abilities as a conductor, and he has distinguished himself in a highly competitive field. He is unquestionably an artist of unsusual ability.
- Patrick Summers, Artistic & Music Director Houston Grand Opera
 (Artistic & Music Director Houston Grand Opera)
, 2017
His boundless, instinctively poised and naturally unfolding musicality as well as his impressive technical command of the métier apply for his acclaimed clarinet playing as well as his conducting. You find in him a musician who exudes an enthusiasm for music from every single pore and who equally has the talent to communicate and share his enthusiasm and euphoria with others – no matter if it’s about an audience or fellow musicians.
- Johannes Debus
 (Music Director - Canadian Opera Company)
, 2017