A "wanderer between worlds" (Lucerne Festival), "immensely talented" and "quietly powerful pianist" (New York Times)
Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions. He has appeared with the Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony, and performed recitals and chamber music at Ravinia, Tokyo’s Musashino Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bravo! Vail, Chamber Music Northwest, La Roque d’Anthéron, Music@Menlo, the Lucerne festival, and Spoleto USA.
He has been an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since being a member of CMS II (now the Bowers Program) in 2007. Despite an onslaught of cancellations due to COVID-19, Gilles looks forward to performing and recording Richard Strauss’ repertoire for left hand and symphonic orchestra with the Bern Symphony Orchestra and Mario Venzago in September 2020. His numerous critically praised recordings are available on Spotify and Apple Music.
He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Columbia University and his master’s degree from The Juilliard School. He is an associate professor of piano at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.