Thomas Grossenbacher, Violoncello

Was born in Zurich. He is principal cellist in the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich. After first cello lessons with Tatjana Valleise and Mischa Frey he completed the Lehrdiplom at the Conservatory of Zurich with Claude Starck.

At the Musikhochschule Lübeck, class David Geringas, he graduated with the Konzertexamen, predicate "With distinction". He also received important artistic impulses by Menahem Pressler, Robert Mann, György Ligeti and Alfred Schnittke. Thomas Grossenbacher has performed in Europe, USA, Taiwan and Japan. Repeated participation in various festivals such as Ernen, Davos, Gstaad and Aspen (USA), Ittingen, Brunegg.

With conductors such as David Zinman, Sir John Elder, Armin Jordan or Sir Antonio Pappano and orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), he is as successful as a soloist, such as occurred as a Chamber music partner by Radu Lupu, Leon Fleisher, Yuja Wang, Martin Grubinger, Helene Grimaud, Joshua Bell and the Carmina Quartet Zürch.

 

His CD recordings, especially "Don Quixote" (Arte Nova) by Richard Strauss with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich under the direction of David Zinman, found worldwide attention.

 

Thomas Grossenbacher is also very engaged as a lecturer at ZHdK Zürich. Some of his students are winners of international competitions and today exposed positions in prestigious symphony orchestras or Chamber music formations.