Swiss-born pianist Gilles Vonsattel, winner of the Naumburg Piano Competition in 2002, made his Lincoln Center debut that year at Alice Tully Hall. He has appeared as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, National Symphony of Ireland and Boston Pops.
He won First Prize in the 2006 Geneva International Piano Competition, leading to numerous European engagements for the 2007/2008 season and a recording with the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève.
With a repertoire that ranges from The Art of Fugue to Xenakis, Vonsattel is equally at home in solo and chamber music. He has performed at such major venues as Boston’s Symphony Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, the Benedict Music Tent at the Aspen Music Festival and Tokyo’s Opera City Hall.
Recent chamber music appearances include debuts at the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the Library of Congress in Washington DC. He has collaborated with artists such as Kim Kashkashian, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, David Shifrin and Yo-Yo Ma. He is a member of the Lincoln Center’s prestigious Chamber Music Society.
Vonsattel has shown a significant interest in expanding the conventional classical concert experience, appearing alongside pop and rock groups, most recently opening for Eluvium and Amiina in New York’s Wordless Music Series. Also in New York, he participated in a workshop at the Guggenheim Museum with renowned neuroscientist Scott Small, investigating the relationship between music and memory. He has been deeply involved in classical music outreach in the United States, giving masterclasses at universities and schools.
In 2007 and 2008, he performed in the 'Chopin and his Europe' festival in Warsaw.