Hailed by Télérama, France, as “the new Prince of the clarinet”, Dionysis Grammenos is also one of the most charismatic conductors of his generation. Guided by Bernard Haitink, Christoph Eschenbach and Robert Spano, Grammenos made his conducting debut at the age of twenty-one with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Since then, he has conducted the Festival Strings Lucerne, the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia, the German State Philharmonic Rhineland-Palatinate, the Junge Philharmonie Wien and the Jyvaskyla Sinfonia. He was awarded a Grant for conducting from the Onassis Foundation and was also the first Greek to receive a Conducting Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival. Future engagements include the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, his opera debut in Würzburg with Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”, and he will also assist Johannes Debus at the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto.
Dionysis Grammenos was the first ever wind player to win the Grand Prix d’Eurovision from the European Broadcasting Union. He was also crowned “European Young Musician of the Year” by the same organisation, and in 2013 he was awarded the “Rising Star” Prize by ECHO. Still only twenty-six, the virtuoso has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berliner Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus Vienna, Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Barbican Centre in London. He has worked with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, the Norwegian Radio Symphony, Vienna Radio Symphony, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Royal Northern Sinfonia among others.
A keen chamber musician he collaborates with the Berlin Philharmonia Quartett and also forms a duo with Anneleen Lenaerts, solo harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic. He studied clarinet with Prof. Martin Spangenberg at the “Franz Liszt” School of Music in Weimar and orchestral conducting with Prof. Ari Rasilainen at the Würzburg Univeristy of Music.
His debut CD with works by Spohr, Nielsen & Debussy together with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Ari Rasilainen was released by naïve. His prizes include the International “Leonardo da Vinci” Award, and the Gold Medal of the City of Athens. In Greece, he has become something of a national treasure: a stamp with his picture has recently been issued.