Gerardo Teissonnière

Regarded by international critics and audiences alike as an artist of extraordinary musicianship and rare sensibility since his acclaimed solo recital debut at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., American pianist Gerardo Teissonnière brings to the concert stage an exciting amalgam of the diverse and important musical traditions he represents, performing in major concert series and venues throughout the world. From the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado to the Amati Music Festival in New York and Beijing, among others, Mr. Teissonnière has appeared in solo recital, as soloist with orchestra and with leading duo-piano and chamber music ensembles, as well as in radio and television broadcasts in the United States and abroad.

During the worldwide Schubert Bicentennial celebrations, Mr. Teissonnière presented a series of critically acclaimed solo recitals dedicated to the works of the Viennese composer. Highly regarded since for his interpretations of the Classical repertoire, he has also presented both local, regional and American première performances of music by composers such as Pablo Casals, Aaron Copland, Alberto Ginastera, Osvaldo Golijov, Lowell Liebermann, Darius Milhaud, Arvo Pärt and Robert Schumann.

Highlights of recent concert seasons include solo recitals of the Mozart piano sonatas, all-Chopin concerts in Poland, chamber music concerts in Latin America featuring première performances of the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Pablo Casals, and a return engagement with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra in subscription concert performances of the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto. Upcoming performances include appearances in concerts and master classes at Steinway Hall in New York City and in Beijing, China, performing solo and chamber works of Schumann, Liszt and Ravel.

Gerardo Teissonnière began his musical training at an early age in San Juan under the guidance of Cecilia Talavera and Luz Hutchinson. He continued studies at the Conservatory with Jesús Maria Sanromá, disciple of Artur Schnabel and Alfred Cortot, and made his debut as soloist with the Puerto Rico Symphony while still a student as a laureate in the first Jesús Maria Sanromá Piano Competition. At the invitation of music director Jorge Mester, Mr. Teissonnière performed at the Aspen Music Festival where he studied with Jeaneane Dowis, former assistant to the legendary Rosina Lhévinne at the Juilliard School, and with Samuel Lipman. He appeared in solo recitals and as a founding member of an internationally acclaimed duo piano team while studying with Vitya Vronsky Babin at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he completed his professional studies and received the Arthur Loesser Memorial Award in Performance. He then traveled to Europe to pursue advanced work with Dmitri Bashkirov and Joaquín Achúcarro.

Recognized as one of the most esteemed and sought-after piano pedagogues in the United States today, Mr. Teissonnière combines an active performance schedule with faculty appointments at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, and serves as Artistic Director of the Piano Department and Artist-in-Residence at the Amati Music Festival in New York. He is the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music in recognition of his outstanding accomplishment in the field of piano performance and pedagogy, the Judson Smart Living Award in Education, and has been nominated for the Ohio Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for the Arts.

As a teacher, Mr. Teissonnière is in great demand for his work with young musicians, and conducts master classes throughout the world. His students continue to gather acclaim performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall and National Public Radio’s From the Top as well as in summer music festivals across the globe, winning top prizes in numerous national and international competitions. Gerardo Teissonnière is an exclusive Steinway Artist and is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who Among America's Teachers and Who's Who in the World.

 (photo credit: Christian Steiner)

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