Agnès Grossmann

Agnès Grossmann

Agnes Grossmann has been Artistic Director of several illustrious organizations, the Wiener
Singakademie (1983-1986), the Chamber Players of Toronto (1984-1990), the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal and its choir (1986-1995), ProCoro Canada, Edmonton, Alberta (1995-1997), the Vienna Choir Boys (1996-1998), the Orford Arts Centre (1989-1995 and 1999-2004). In 2005, she launched the Toronto Summer Music Festival, which she directed until 2010, bringing an array of international artists to teach and perform. As part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival, she also led a much praised Opera Studio where she performed Don Giovanni, Barber of Seville and Ariadne auf Naxos. Critics have been unanimous in praising the musical power of her interpretations as well as the remarkable building process she achieved in all the organizations she directed, bringing them to new
heights musically, technically and stylistically.

Grossmann has guest conducted orchestras and choirs in Canada, Japan, Taiwan and Europe, including the orchestras of Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, the Jeunesses Musicales World Youth Orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic, the Tokyo New City Orchestra, the Kyoto Symphony, the National Symphony
Orchestra of Taiwan, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

Grossmann started her career as a pianist touring the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Japan with Columbia Artists Management. In 1972, she won the Mozart Interpretation Prize in Vienna. As a result of a hand injury, she was forced to abandon her pianistic career, and soon turned her attention to conducting. Since that time, “her profound, inborn musicianship and irresistible temperament” (Gerhard Rosenthaler, Vienna), has had her conquering her public wherever she has concertized.

By 1987, the City of Montreal named her“Woman of the Year in the Arts”. Since 2006 Grossmann has intensified her work in Asia with many guest appearances as guest conductor and has been named Artistic Director of the Taiwan National Choir. In August 2012, Grossmann conducted performances of an exciting new production of Magic Flute at the National Theater in Taipei and in November 2012, she is taking the Taiwan National Choir on a North American Tour.

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