Prof. David Grimal

Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, Academy "Lumières d'Europe"

05.05.2025 – 08.05.2025

Course length: 4 days


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Course services

Individual lessons (open to the public)
An accompanist
Providing certificates of completion of the course

Course location

MusikQuartier Vienna
Mariahilfer Straße 51, 1060 Vienna, Austria

About Prof. David Grimal

A musician renowned for his intellectual curiosity, his taste for musical adventures and his commitment to society, David Grimal regularly performs on the world's greatest stages: Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Vienna's Musikverein, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Berlin's Konzerthaus, London's Wigmore Hall, Zurich's Tonhalle, New York's Lincoln Center, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Budapest's Liszt Academy, Geneva's Victoria Hall, Madrid's Auditorio Nacional, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Taiwan's National Concert Hall, Brussels' Bozar...

David Grimal has collaborated as soloist with the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Chambre d'Europe, Berliner Symphoniker, Russian National Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra Lisbon, Sinfonia Varsovia. He has performed alongside conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Hienrich Schiff, Lawrence Foster, Emmanuel Krivine, Mikhail Pletnev, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Peter Eötvös, Andriss Nelsons, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Christian Arming...

Numerous composers have dedicated their works to him: Marc-André Dalbavie, Brice Pauset, Thierry Escaich, Lisa Lim, Jean-François Zygel, Alexandre Gasparov, Victor Kissine, Fuminori Tanada, Ivan Fedele, Philippe Hersant, Anders Hillborg, Oscar Bianchi, Guillaume Connesson, Frédéric Verrières, Eric Montalbetti, Richard Dubugnon, Menachem Zur, Graciane Finzi...

For 20 years, David Grimal has devoted part of his career to developing Les Dissonances, of which he is the founder and musical and artistic director. David Grimal has brought together musicians from some of Europe's finest orchestras, as well as many young talents at the start of their careers, to experience music as a rediscovered joy, tackling the great symphonic repertoire in the spirit of chamber music under his musical direction. The orchestra has been a regular guest on major European stages and international festivals.Films of concerts given by Les Dissonances have been broadcast in over 60 countries.

Today, he works as soloist and conductor on the Les Dissonances model with numerous orchestras: Strasbourg, Metz, Galicia, Budapesti Vonosok, Anima Chamber Orchestra, Cracovia, Bilbao, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Murcia, Taipei Symphony Orchestra,

Neojiba, Radio Bucarest, Kuopio, Sonderjylland, Trondheim, Enescu Philharmonic, Lille ...

David Grimal has recorded for EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Aeon, Naïve, Transart, Dissonances records and is currently recording for La Dolce Volta. His recordings have been acclaimed by the press: BBC choice, Choc de l'année Classica, Arte selection, ffff Telerama, diapason d'or etc...

A sought-after chamber musician, David Grimal is a guest at the world's leading festivals. Today, he regularly performs in piano trio with Philippe Cassard and Anne Gastinel, and in recital with pianist Itamar Golan.

David Grimal, for whom the transmission of knowledge to young musicians has always been essential, created in 2022 the Lumières d'Europe Academy Festival under the presidency of Serge Haroche, Nobel Prize winner in Physics. Lumières d'Europe is aimed at young talents at the start of their careers, who are invited to work and perform alongside international artists in concert. Leading scholars are invited to shed philosophical, literary, historical or scientific light on the themes addressed in each session.

Lumières d'Europe takes place in several European capitals, in collaboration with major cultural institutions (Fondation Royaumont, Institut Weizmann, Jerusalem Music Center, Festival International Georges Enescu, Institut de France, Collège de France...) and contributes to the professional integration of young European musicians.

In 2004, David Grimal also created L'Autre Saison: a season of concerts for the homeless in Paris, now in partnership with ARTE, which has featured some of the world's greatest artists and enabled over 400 people to escape extreme poverty.

David Grimal was made a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2008 by the French Ministry of Culture.

A renowned pedagogue, David Grimal teaches violin at the Musikhochshule in Saarbrücken and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, and is regularly invited to sit on juries at major international competitions and give masterclasses around the world. He plays the 1710 Ex-Roederer Stradivarius and the Don Quichotte built for him by Jacques Fustier. He plays bows by Louis Tourte, Dominique Peccatte and Pierre Grunberger, depending on the repertoire.

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