Hailed by “Die Welt” as “one of the most promising stars of tomorrow”, the young Greek conductor Dionysis Grammenos made his debut at the age of twenty-one with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
This season sees his return to the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, to work with Johannes Debus on a production of Eugene Onegin and to the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra with a program including Brahms’ Second Symphony and Elgar’s ‘In the South’. He conducts the Athens State Orchestra for the opening concert of the season with Brahms’ First Symphony and makes his debuts with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, for two concerts in Glasgow and Perth, and the Chamber Orchestra of Belgium with Mozart’s Magic Flute.
Grammenos has conducted orchestras such as the Festival Strings Lucerne, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Hofer Symphoniker, Odessa Philharmonic, Junge Philharmonie Wien, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Malta Philharmonic, and the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia.
In 2016 he received a Conducting Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and recently he has been selected by David Zinman to conduct the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, as part of his annual masterclass. He has been mentored by conductors including Bernhard Haitink, Patrick Summers and Christoph Eschenbach.
Dionysis Grammenos is Founder and Music Director of the Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra. Established in cooperation with the Greek National Opera, the orchestra aims to showcase and educate young talented Greek musicians in the symphonic and operatic repertory. In July 2020 the orchestra is invited to perform at the Berlin Konzerthaus, within the Young Euro Classic Festival.
Initially trained as a clarinetist at the University of Music “Franz Liszt” in Weimar, Grammenos was the first ever wind player to win the Grand Prix d’Eurovision from the European Broadcasting Union and the title of “European Young Musician of the Year”. In 2013/14 he was selected for the ECHO Rising Stars program, which took him to some of Europe’s most prestigious venues.
As a soloist, he has worked with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, among others, and has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Barbican London, KKL in Lucerne and the Philharmonie Berlin.
His debut CD as a clarinettist on the Naïve label features works by Spohr, Nielsen and Debussy with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Ari Rasilainen. He has also recorded transcriptions by Schumann and Schubert in collaboration with the harpist Anneleen Lenaerts for Warner Classics.
Dionysis Grammenos has been honoured with the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts and the Gold Medal of the City of Athens.
He was selected for the European Young Leaders 2018 programme, under the patronage of Jean-Claude Juncker. The programme aims to promote a European identity by engaging the most promising talents in initiatives that will shape Europe’s future.
In his home-country, Greece, a postage stamp with his picture has been issued.