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On the 75th birthday of David Geringas

The Lithuanian cellist and conductor David Geringas was born on 29 July 1946 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The 29th of July this year will mark his 75th birthday. From 1963 to 1973 he studied with Mstislav Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1976 Geringas became 1st solo cellist in the NDR Symphony Orchestra, which did nothing to prevent him giving concerts as a soloist and performing with, among others, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, all German radio orchestras, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo. 

Contemporary music plays a prominent role in Geringas' repertoire. Renowned composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina and Peteris Vasks have dedicated concerts to him.  He was a close friend of Alfred Schnittke, who died in Hamburg in 1998.

David Geringas is also internationally active as a conductor. As Chief Guest Conductor of the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra Japan, for instance, or the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1977 to 1986 Geringas taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. In 1980 he was also appointed professor of the cello at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. Later he taught at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. World premiere and dedicatory interpreter of Sofia Gubaidulina's cello concerto “And: The Feast is in Full Swing”, David Geringas premiered the work in February 2004 and has since presented it in 17 countries and 32 cities and recorded it on CD.

Photo: David Geringas © wikipedia  


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