The first Greek conductor at the Aspen Music Festival
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The first Greek conductor at the Aspen Music Festival

Dionysis Grammenos is the first Greek who will participate as conductor at the American Academy of Conducting in the 2016 Aspen Music Festival.

He has been widely recognized as one of the most charismatic artists of the young generation. His international breakthrough occurred in 2008, when he won the Grand Prix d’ Eurovision and the title of the “European Young Musician of the Year” – the first wind player ever to hold that title.

Hand-picked by ECHO to perform as a “Rising Star” this season and exclusively signed to record with naïve classique, Grammenos introduces his virtuosity and musical intelligence at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including the Carnegie Hall in New York, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, London’s Barbican, Paris’s Auditorium Musée du Louvre & Cité de la Musique, the Cologne Philharmonie, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional, BOZAR in Brussels and St. Petersburg’s Philharmonic Hall, among others.

He regularly performs with Orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, Norwegian Radio Symphony, Vienna Radio Symphony, Festival Strings Lucerne, Qatar Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber, Sofia Philharmonic, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Camerata, Polish Chamber and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. A keen chamber musician he collaborates with the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin.

Already at the age of 21, Grammenos made his conducting debut at the podium of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Since then, he has worked with orchestras such as the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pflaz, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla and St. Michael Strings. In summer 2015 he appeared at the Mozartfest in Würzburg, leading an Opera gala concert.

He received the International “Leonardo da Vinci” Award for excellence in the field of arts and sciences and he is a Gold Medallist of the City of Athens for his services to music. In 2010, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Corfu Festival of Arts.

Grammenos studied clarinet at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar under Prof. Martin Spangenberg with a scholarship from the Onassis Foundation. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Conducting at the University of Music Würzburg.

His debut recording with the Vienna Radio Symphony and Ari Rasilainen (Spohr, Nielsen concertos & Debussy rhapsodie) was released by naïve in October 2013