2011 Faces to Watch: Music
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Pianist: David Greilsammer( Antoine Le Grand )
Although many pianists contrive to trick you into thinking the piano is a lyrical, singing instrument, David Greilsammer remains true to its percussion DNA. The 33-year-old from Jerusalem has a pin-prick technique that can make a big concert grand almost sound as intimate as an early keyboard or sparkle like a xylophone.
This is a sound and style that is well suited for the two early Mozart concertos that Greilsammer will play with the San Francisco Symphony in February, but on record his pin pricks serve surprisingly well in illuminating Bach, Brahms, Janacek or Cage. His recordings on the Naïve label are all dazzlers. Nor is he without sex appeal -- one CD cover has him looking as soulful as a young Beat poet in the company of three beautiful young Asian women.
-- Mark Swed