The Lithuanian cellist and conductor David Geringas belongs to today’s musical elite, having an unusually broad repertoire ranging from the early Baroque to the contemporary. His intellectual rigor, stylistic versatility, melodic feeling and the sensuousness of his tone have been the foundations of his extraordinary career.
Geringas, a former student of Mstislav Rostropovich and gold-medal winner at the 1970 Tchaikovsky Competition, has performed worldwide with some of the leading orchestras and conductors of our time. Well-known contemporary composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Ned Rorem, Peteris Vasks, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Anatolijus Senderovas have dedicated cello concertos to him.
His extensive discography includes many recordings that have received important prizes (including the Grand Prix du Disque, the Diapason d’Or de l’Année and the German Record Critics’ Award). Geringas received an Echo Klassik award for the best chamber music recording in the category 20th-21st century music.
His artistic career has been characterized by regular releases of outstanding recordings, among them two world premieres (“David’s Song” and “Discorsi”), the works for piano and cello by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Frederic Chopin, the complete works for cello and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven (with the pianist Ian Fountain) and the cycle “Bach Plus”, which includes all of Bach’s six Cello Suites, introduced with fragments from various contemporary composers.
Geringas performs regularly in Germany and abroad, frequently in a dual role as cellist and conductor. He has received invitations to appear at top concert venues in Western and Eastern Europe and has also performed in Asia and the US.
For three years, he was chief guest conductor for the Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra and made his debuts with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and China Philharmonic Orchestra. In February 2009, he made his debut as conductor with the Moscow Philharmonic in Moscow. His opera-conducting debut followed in 2010 with Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” in Klaipeda, Lithuania. Geringas has taught as a professor at the music academies in Hamburg and Lübeck and at Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin. He has taught a world-famous cello class for decades from which have come such cello stars as Gustav Rivinius, Jens Peter Maintz, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Monika Leskovar, Tatiana Vassiljeva, Jing Zhao, Johannes Moser, Maximilian Hornung and Sol Gabetta.
Geringas has won his homeland’s highest awards for his championing of Lithuanian music and composers. He was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his achievements as a musician and cultural ambassador for the country on the international musical scene. Geringas is an honorary professor at the Moscow Conservatory and at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, and has received an honorary doctorate from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy.