David Geringas


The Lithuanian cellist and conductor David Geringas is a pupil of Mstislav Rostropovich and gold-medal winner of the 1970 Tchaikovsky Competition.

David Geringas’ discography, which now approaches 100 CDs, includes many that have been honored with important prizes, including the Grand Prix du Dusque for his recording of the 12 cello concertos of Luigi Boccherini, the Diapason d’Or d’Année for the chamber music of Henri Dutilleux, and the prize of the year from the Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for his recording of the cello concertos by Hans Pfitzner. In 2013 and 2014, David Geringas received the Echo Klassic award.

Between 2008 and 2011, his eight new CDs were released. Among them are two world premieres (Anatolijus Šenderovas’ David’s Song and Vytautas Laurušas’ Discorsi), the works for piano and cello by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartoldy, and Frederic Chopin, as well as the complete works of violoncello and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven with the pianist Ian Fountain. The CD of the cycle Bach Plus that includes all six Bach's suites for violoncello, introduced with fragments from various contemporary composers was released in October 2011. His new releases include a CD New Goldberg Variations, recorded with Ian Fontain.

Well-known contemporary composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Ned Porem, Peteris Vasks and Erkki-Sven Tür have dedicated cello concertos to Geringas. He has premiered many works of the Russian and Lithuanian avant-garde in the West. In 2002, he gave the world premiere of the Concerto in DO by Anatolijus Senderovas, which was dedicated to him. In 2012, David Geringas presented three world premieres, Arvydas Malcys’ Concerto In Memoriam, the Concerto per Violoncello by Sylvia Colasanti, and the Cello Concerto by Alexander Raskatov.

As a conductor, David Geringas appears regularly in Germany and abroad, and appears frequently in a dual role as cellist and conductor. He has performed at the Concertgebouw, Wiener Musikverein, Tonhalle Zürich, and the Berliner Philharmonie. From 2005 to 2008, he was chief conductor for the Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2007 he had his debut with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the China Philharmonic Orchestra. In February 2009, he made his debut as conductor with the Moscow Philharmonic, while in 2015 he performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra for the first time. His opera conducting debut followed in 2010 with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in Klaipėda, Lithuania. In 2015, he conducted the premiere of Eduardas Balsys’ ballet Egle, Queen of Grass-Snakes in Vilnius.

From 1976 to 2009, David Geringas taught at the high schools of music in Hamburg, Lübeck, and Berlin. Geringas’ world-famous cello class helped such musicians as Gustav Rivinius, Jens Peter Maintz, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Monika Leskovar, Tatiana Vassiljeva, Jing Zhao, Johannes Moser, Maximilian Hornung and Sol Gabett to win prizes at various international festivals and rise to international stardom.

In the winter semester 2014-2015 David Geringas was visiting professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. In 2018 he was the  jury president at the Schoenfeld International Cello Competition in Harbin and the George Enescu Cello Competition in Bucharest.

In 2019 he was awarded the honorary title of Honoured Artist of Russia.

For his championing of Lithuanian music and composers, David Geringas has won the highest awards of his homeland. He was awarded the Verienstkreuz 1. Klasse of Germany for his achievements. He is honorary professor at the Moscow Conservatory, the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory and at the Central Conservatory in Beijing. He has also received an honorary doctorate from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. Geringas received the Lithuanian National Prize for achievements in culture and the arts.

Geringas’ engagements for the season 2018-2019 include concerts in Berlin, Moscow, Kronberg, Vilnius, Trieste, Siena, Interlaken, Klaipeda, Saint Petersburg and other cities.
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