Teissonniere, Gerardo

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on March 29, 1961, Gerardo Teissonnière began his musical training at an early age in San Juan, Puerto Rico, under the guidance of Cecilia Talavera and Luz Hutchinson. He continued his studies at the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico with Jesús Maria Sanromá, a former disciple of Artur Schnabel and Alfred Cortot.

Teissonniere made his debut as soloist with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra as a laureate in the first Jesús Maria Sanromá Piano Competition. At the invitation of music director Jorge Mester, Teissonnière performed at the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied with Jeaneane Dowis and Samuel Lipman, assistants to the legendary pedagogue Rosina Lhévinne at the Juilliard School. He then became a pupil of Vitya Vronsky Babin at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he completed his academic studies. In Europe he pursued advanced work with Dmitri Bashkirov and Joaquín Achúcarro.

Since his acclaimed American debut at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Gerardo Teissonnière has performed in solo recital and as soloist with orchestras to critical and audience acclaim in major concert venues across the United States, Europe and Latin America. He has performed at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado and at the Amati Music Festival in New York, and has appeared in concert with leading chamber music, duo-piano and collaborative ensembles throughout the world. He has made numerous radio and television appearances in the United States and abroad, and is the recipient of numerous awards both as a teacher and as a concert artist. Teissonnière combines an active performance schedule with a faculty appointment at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he is in great demand for his work with young musicians.

During the Schubert Bicentennial, Teissonnière presented a series of solo recitals which elicited praise from critics and audiences in the United States. While highly regarded since as an outstanding interpreter of the Viennese Classical repertoire, recent performances have placed him in increasing demand as an interpreter of the Spanish, French and 20th century American piano literature, such as this piece: the Minuet from Danzas Españolas by Enrique Granados.

In 2001, Teissonnière began a series of recitals presenting new works and highlighting retrospectives of the music of the 20th century. He has given regional and American première performances of music by composers such as Aaron Copland, Arvo Pärt, Alberto Ginastera, and Lowell Liebermann. Highlights of the 2002-2003 season include the Cleveland première of the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Pablo Casals and the Stravinsky Concerto for Piano and Winds. With the 2003-2004 concert season, he has embarked on a series presenting the complete Mozart piano sonatas in five recitals.

Teissonnière is a recipient of the Arthur Loesser Memorial Award at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who in the World. Many of his students have achieved recognition as winners in regional and national competitions and have performed in summer music festivals across the United States. As part of his teaching activities, Teissonnière has developed a series of seminars devoted to the study and exploration of the piano literature. Teissonnière is Artist-in-Residence at the Amati Music Festival in New York.