Hailed by “Die Welt” as “one of the most promising stars of tomorrow”, Greek conductor Dionysis Grammenos joins us for the first time as conductor of the 2019 Ingenium Academy Orchestra.
Grammenos has conducted orchestras such as the Festival Strings Lucerne, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Hofer Symphoniker, Odessa Philharmonic, Junge Philharmonie Wien, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Malta Philharmonic, and the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia. He has been mentored by conductors including Bernhard Haitink, Robert Spano and Patrick Summers.
This season sees his return to the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, to work with Johannes Debus on a production of Eugene Onegin. Grammenos also returns to the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra with a programme including Brahms’ Second Symphony and Elgar’s “In the South”. Further ahead in 2019, he will assist Christoph Eschenbach at the Konzerthausorchester Berlin on Mahler’s 8th Symphony during rehearsals for Eschenbach’s inaugural concert as Music Director.
Grammenos is Founder and Music Director of the Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra. Established in cooperation with the Greek National Opera, the orchestra aims to showcase and educate young talented Greek musicians in the symphonic and operatic repertory. The 2017/18 season has seen them present four concerts at the Great Hall of the Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, home of the Greek National Opera.
Initially trained as a clarinettist at the University of Music “Franz Liszt” in Weimar, Grammenos was chosen “European Young Musician of the Year” by the European Broadcasting Union. As a soloist, he has worked with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Royal Northern Sinfonia and has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Barbican London and the Philharmonie Berlin.