DAVID GROSS

Pianist

David Gross is a regular guest performer in concert halls throughout the United States and Germany. The wide, expressive spectrum of his playing is reflected by the critical acclaim he has garnered. Reviewers have praised his “warm touch and sensitive, sparkling transparency” (Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten) and “perfect control of sound” (Nordsee-Zeitung), as well as his virtuosic ability: “He is a pianist of strong, brisk fingers and penetrating mind whose technique is formidable enough to make light of whatever difficulties Chopin’s music throws in his way. His sparkling treatment of the Waltz in A-flat, Opus 42 was the real thing” (Chicago Tribune). Similarly, his lively and energetic approach to public performance pleased the critic of the Rock River Times: “He made the piano notes whisper, twinkle, roar, and dance; musical phrases rippled and capered, caressed and cajoled.” And when called for by the music, a heartfelt note is equally part of his performances. “An intuitive player,” the Greenville News wrote about his interpretation of Schumann’s concerto, “he brought out the drama, the intimacy, the tenderness and the bravura Schumann entrusted to the piece.”

David Gross has been featured as soloist with the Berliner Symphoniker, Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Oder, Ensemble Oriol (Berlin), Rockford Symphony (IL), Champaign-Urbana Symphony (IL), Macon Symphony (GA), Idaho Civic Symphony, Greenville Symphony (SC), Anderson Symphony (SC), Merrimack Valley Philharmonic (MA), Hendersonville Symphony (NC), and Brevard Philharmonic (NC), as well as several university orchestras. He has recorded numerous solo broadcasts for German NPR and has been featured in the film “Singing Hands” produced by German National Public Television. His CD release of the Piano Concerto by Edouard Lalo with the Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Oder was met with critical acclaim, and this recording was selected for the in-flight audio program on Lufthansa. His recording of piano works by Jan Hugo Voříšek was released on Centaur Records in 2010. He has performed several recitals on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, which were broadcast live on WFMT.

Born and raised in Berlin, David Gross now lives in Greenville (SC) where he is Associate Professor at Furman University. Prior to this engagement, he served as Resident Artist at Western Michigan University, and as Visiting Associate Professor at Goshen College. In the fall 2007, he was Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). He holds a Diploma from the Hochschule München, a Master’s Degree from the Yale School of Music, an Artist’s Diploma from the Hochschule Hannover, and a Doctoral Degree from the University of Illinois. His teachers include Ludwig Hoffmann, Arie Vardi, Daniel Pollack, Claude Frank, and John Wustman. He is a prizewinner of the international piano competitions in Marsala (Italy) and in Bremen (Germany). Dr. Gross has given lecture-recitals at the Goethe Institute in Boston, at national conferences of the College Music Society and the Music Teachers National Association, and for local MTNA chapters throughout the Southeast.

David Gross has appeared in concert with numerous extraordinary singers, among them Janet Williams (Berliner Staatsoper). The highlights of his vocal repertoire, which spans several centuries, are the great cycles, Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise by Franz Schubert. Most recently, David Gross is a founding member of the Poinsett Piano Trio with Deirdre and Christopher Hutton. This ensemble has performed throughout the Southeastern US and on an extensive tour of New Zealand (May 2010).

Photo Credit: Renée Carolla