Sunday, March 5, 2017

David Gross










_ TEACHING DATES 
   July 29 - August 7, 2017
_ TEACHING LANGUAGES
   English, German, French


David Gross is a regular guest performer in concert halls throughout the United States and Germany.  The wide expressive spectrum of his playing is reflected by the critical acclaim he has garnered.  Reviewers have praised his “warm touch and sensitive, sparkling transparency” (Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten) and “perfect control of sound” (Nordsee-Zeitung), as well as his virtuosic ability:  “He is a pianist of strong, brisk fingers and penetrating mind whose technique is formidable enough to make light of whatever difficulties Chopin’s music throws in his way.  ...his sparkling treatment of the Waltz in A-flat, Opus 42 was the real thing” (Chicago Tribune).  Similarly, his lively and energetic approach to public performance pleased the critic of the Rock River Times:  “He made the piano notes whisper, twinkle, roar, and dance; musical phrases rippled and capered, caressed and cajoled.”  And when called for by the music, a heartfelt note is equally part of his performances.  “An intuitive player,” the Greenville News wrote about his interpretation of Schumann’s concerto, “he brought out the drama, the intimacy, the tenderness and the bravura Schumann entrusted to the piece.”

David Gross has been featured as soloist with the Berliner Symphoniker, Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Oder, Ensemble Oriol (Berlin), Rockford Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Macon Symphony, Idaho Civic Symphony, Greenville Symphony, Anderson Symphony, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, Hendersonville Symphony, and Brevard Philharmonic.  He has recorded numerous solo broadcasts for German Public Radio stations and was featured in the film “Singing Hands” produced by German Public Television.  His CD release of the Piano Concerto by Edouard Lalo with the Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Oder was met with critical acclaim, and this recording was selected for the in-flight audio program on Lufthansa.  His recording of piano works by Jan Hugo Voříšek was released on Centaur Records in 2010.  He has performed several recitals on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago that were broadcast live on WFMT.  A founding member of the Poinsett Piano Trio, David Gross has given celebrated chamber music performances throughout the United States as well as on extensive tours of Germany and New Zealand.

Born and raised in Berlin, David Gross now lives in Greenville (USA) where he is Professor at Furman University.  Prior to this engagement, he served as a faculty member at Western Michigan University, Goshen College, and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.  In the fall 2007, he was Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town (South Africa).  He holds degrees from the Hochschule München, the Yale School of Music, the Hochschule Hannover, and a Doctoral Degree from the University of Illinois.  His teachers include Ludwig Hoffmann, Arie Vardi, Daniel Pollack, Claude Frank, and John Wustman.  He is a prizewinner of the international piano competitions in Marsala (Italy) and Bremen (Germany).  Dr. Gross gives lecture-recitals, including at the Goethe Institute in Boston, at national conferences of the College Music Society, and for the Music Teachers National Association.

Prof. Gross is proud to have contributed meaningfully to the education of a new generation of pianists, who have continued their studies in renowned master's programs, won regional competitions, and are now active as professional musicians.




Der Berliner Pianist David Gross wird vom Publikum sowie der Presse besonders für seinen Klangsinn geschätzt. “Seine warme Anschlagskultur und feinsinnige perlende Durchsichtigkeit dienten dem Werk Mozarts auf begeisternde Weise.” (Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten, Mozart KV 271) “Die verschiedenen Teile [von Ravels Miroirs] boten dem Pianisten die Möglichkeit, dem Publikum seine perfekte Anschlagstechnik vorzuführen. Durch sein variantenreiches Spiel wurden die impressionistischen Stücke geradezu sichtbar. Der Flügel verwandelte sich gleichsam in eine Harfe oder ein Glockenspiel.” (Nordsee-Zeitung)

In zahlreichen Radioproduktionen (Bayerischer Rundfunk, Hessischer Rundfunk, Rias Berlin, Sender Freies Berlin, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, WFMT Chicago) präsentiert David Gross gängiges und ausgefallenes Repertoire von Arthur Schnabel, Gideon Klein, Pavel Haas, Ernest Bloch, Jan Radzynski, Béla Bartók, Maurice Ravel, Franz Liszt und Franz Schubert. Soloaufnahmen für den Dokumentarfilm "Singende Hände - Ein Dialog zwischen Pianisten und der Klaviatur" (SFB/Arte).

CD-Produktionen (Edouard Lalo, Klavierkonzert, Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Oder, Signum; und Jan Václav Voříšek, Klavierwerke, Centaur Records) belegen sein Interesse an erstklassigem, jedoch abgelegenem Repertoire.

Solistische Auftritte mit den Berliner Symphonikern, Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Oder, Ensemble Oriol (Berlin), Rockford Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Greenville Symphony, Anderson Symphony, Macon Symphony, Idaho State Civic Symphony, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, Brevard Philharmonic, Western Piedmont Symphony, und Hendersonville Symphony.

David Gross' pädagogische Tätigkeit seit 1992 umfasst Dozenturen und Lehraufträge an der Western Michigan University, Goshen College, der Hochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin und der University of Cape Town (Südafrika). Seit 2001 ist er Klavierprofessor an der Furman University (South Carolina/USA). Seine Bachelor-Studenten erhielten Preise in regionalen Wettbewerben, setzten ihre Studien in angesehenen Masterprogrammen fort und sind nun selbst als professionelle Musiker tätig.

Seine musikalische Ausbildung erhielt David Gross an den Hochschulen in München (Ludwig Hoffmann) und Hannover (Arie Vardi), sowie der Yale University (Daniel Pollack und Claude Frank); Promotion zum Doctor of Musical Arts an der University of Illinois (John Wustman). Während der Studienzeit gewann er Auszeichnungen bei internationalen Klavierwettbewerben in Marsala und Bremen.

David Gross konzertierte mit der Sopranistin Janet Williams (Staatsoper Berlin) und als Teil des Berliner Klaviertrios mit Solostreichern des Orchesters der Deutschen Oper Berlin. 2008 folgte die Gründung des Poinsett Piano Trios, mit welchem er häufig in den USA auftritt, sowie auf Tourneen in Neuseeland und Deutschland.






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