Gilles Vonsattel, Fortepiano

Swiss-born pianist Gilles Vonsattel moved to the city of Boston in the United States of America at a young age. After studying with the pianist David Deveau, he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Columbia University and his master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. Recipient of an Avery Fisher Career


Grant and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions as well as the 2016 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, he has in recent years appeared with the Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra, while performing recitals and chamber music at Schwetzingen, Santa Fe, Ravinia, Wigmore Hall London and the Lucerne Festival.

As an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, Vonsattel performs with musicians such as James Ehnes, Frank Huang, Ilya Gringolts, Nicolas Altstaedt, David Shifrin, Jörg Widmann, Gary Hoffman and Emmanuel Pahud. He has appeared in concert with the Emerson, Pacifica, Orion, St. Lawrence, Ebène, Danish, Miró, Daedalus, Escher, and Borromeo Quartets. Deeply committed to the performance of contemporary works, he has premiered numerous works both in the United States and Europe and worked closely with notable composers such as Jörg Widmann, Heinz Holliger and George Benjamin.

Recent projects include Berg’s Kammerkonzert with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, a tour with Jörg Widmann and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Mozart concerti with the Detroit Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and Florida Orchestra, performances at Seoul’s LG Arts Centre and at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, and collaborations with Kent Nagano and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg. He is Professor of Piano at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and serves on the faculty of Bard Conservatory.


Gilles Vonsattel is a Steinway Artist.