The Sonatas share certain aspects in common: Just as Cage used (as one of the first western composers to do so) the ideas, philosophies and rhythmic structures of traditional Indian music, the Scarlatti sonatas are often based on Andalusian folk music (Flamenco) which is derived from the music of the gypsies (who originated in North India)
“Music from another planet. This is how I always felt when listening to the Sonatas of John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti. As true visionaries, ahead of their time, they treated the Sonata not as a rigid and momentous form but as a magic space devoted to creation and experimentation. More than two hundred years separate the two composers, but their Sonatas seem to be so much alike: short, provocative, passionate, full of wild colours, and bursting with fresh rhythms. Light years away from to the traditional Sonata who ruled during these two centuries, Scarlatti and Cage treated this form as an enlightened, free, pop-like entity. Searching their feverish imagination, they transformed each one of these pieces into a messenger from an unknown world. Embracing the future and its innovations, the Sonatas seem to be staring at us from their distant planet.” David Greilsammer
About David Greilsammer:
Conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is recognised as one of the most imaginative and audacious artists of today. Following his 2004 concert debut at New York’s Lincoln Center, he went on to become ‘Young Musician of the Year’ at the French Music Awards and has since gained international acclaim for his unique and bold approach to music. Known for his fascinating programmes, David Greilsammer has been hailed by critics and audiences for the sensitivity, freshness and elegance of his performances. Last December, The New York Times selected his last solo album “Baroque Conversations” (Sony Classical), as well as his last New York recital, among the best and most interesting events of the year.
David Greilsammer is Music and Artistic Director of the Geneva Camerata (GECA). With this innovative and creative ensemble, he will perform over thirty concerts during the 2013-2014 season, including concerts in Berlin, Paris and London, appearances at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad and Electron Festivals, as well as collaborations with dancers, painters, video artists and actors, in a variety of outstanding venues. During Geneva Camerata’s main concert series, David Greilsammer conducts the ensemble with an eclectic programme, featuring today’s greatest soloists, such as Steven Isserlis, Emmanuel Pahud, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Andreas Scholl, and Daniel Hope.
Greilsammer has also served as Artistic Director of the Suedama Ensemble in New York, with whom he made his debut recording in 2006. The success of this disc was immediately followed by an exclusive contract with Naïve Records and three critically-acclaimed albums: a solo recital named “fantaisie_fantasme”, Mozart’s late piano concertos conducted from the keyboard, and a live concert in Paris with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In 2011, David Greilsammer signed an exclusive contract with Sony Classical, releasing two albums in 2012.
Born in Jerusalem in 1977, Greilsammer started his music studies at the Rubin Conservatory in his native city. After his military service in Israel, he attended The Juilliard School as a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky, in addition to studies with Richard Goode.