Monday, April 27, 2009

Pan Cogito Proposes Inviting Cello Professor David Geringas To Be Honorary Professor Of Music At Kennedy Center’s Proposed National Music Conservatory

Without a Music Conservatory, the Nation's Capital suffers from a stunted musical culture, which is compounded by Classical WETA-FM's refusal to program American classical music. [The former music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, the late Mstislav Rostropovich supported the establishment of a major Music Conservatory in the Nation's Capital.]


“The Geringas Baryton Trio is made up of cellist and conductor David Geringas, who is one of the leading international performers on the baryton; cellist and former student of David Geringas, Jens Peter Maintz; and violist Hartmut Rohde. All three artists are professors at Berlin’s Musikhochschulen and have been chamber music partners for a number of years. …

David Geringas studied at the Moscow Conservatory, where his teacher and mentor was Mstislav Rostropovich. Since winning the first prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970, Geringas has performed as soloist with the Chicago, National, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, as well as with many major orchestras worldwide. In addition, he recently made his conducting debut with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.

Geringas has received numerous awards for his recordings including the 1994 Diapason d’Or, for a recording of chamber music by Henri Dutilleux, and the Grand Prix du Disque, for a recording of twelve cello concertos of Luigi Boccherini. A recording of the cello concertos of Hans Pfitzner was honored in 1994 with the prize of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik. Geringas received Lithuania’s highest honors for his worldwide contributions to his native country’s music, and German President Horst Köhler awarded Geringas the Verdienstkreuz erster Klasse for his achievements as musician and ambassador
for German culture.

Since 2000 Geringas has taught at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, and also serves as honorary professor at the Moscow Conservatory and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.”

Source: Music Program of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


Header photo credit (c) Professor David Geringas's Website 2009. Copyright controlled. All rights reserved.


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