Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

In Love with Music of Mozart

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

In Love with Music of Mozart

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What the world needs now, in the opinion of David Greilsammer, is more Mozart.

Greilsammer, a rising star in the classical music world, will be both guest conductor and piano soloist at next weekend's Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks concerts, where he'll be performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17.

He's been "infatuated" with Mozart's music throughout his life, he said, and has often wondered why.

"Beyond the beauty of the music and the simplicity and the elegance, I realized there was one aspect about Mozart's music that was very, very different from pretty much any composer," Greilsammer said in a telephone interview last week as he was preparing for a concert in London. "When you listen to Mozart's music, it really makes you feel like you have someone out there looking for you. Even in the most sad, tragic moments, there's always a prominent feeling of hope, this feeling that there's someone there to hold your hand."

Mozart "comes and grabs you, he takes you somewhere and tells you there is a path for you, just walk along and everything's going to be fine."

Greilsammer, 36, was born in Israel and educated first at the Rubin Conservatory in Jerusalem and then at Juilliard in New York. He has performed around the world as a soloist and since 2009 has been music director of the Geneva Chamber Orchestra.

He is known for his interpretations of Mozart's music, and in August completed a year-long cycle of Mozart's 27 piano concertos as conductor and pianist.

"The beautiful thing about it is it's so simple and so pure," he said, advocating letting the music speak for itself.

His experience as music director of the Geneva ensemble helps when he is both soloist and conductor, using the chamber music model (with no conductor) to his performances with full orchestras.

"Many of the times, I just let the musicians take over and lead themselves," he said. …

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