Henry Gronnier, is a founding member and the First violinist of the Rossetti String Quartet. Early musical studies took place at the Conservatoire in his native town of Saint Quentin, France, where he was awarded the Premier Prix in both piano and violin. He attended the Conservatoire National de Region de Versailles, receiving the Gold Medal in the class of Madeleine Thuillier Deverge and continued with Michèle Auclair of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. He concluded his studies with Nell Gotkovsky, Sally Thomas & Zino Francescatti.
Mr. Gronnier has appeared throughout the world in recitals, including his New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and his London debut at Wigmore Hall. As a soloist with orchestra and in chamber music ensembles, he has appeared at a number of the world’s most prestigious festivals including the “Festival of Two Worlds”, Spoleto (both in Italy and Charleston, South Carolina), Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), Mostlty Mozart at Lincoln Center (NY), Caramoor (NY), Casals Festival (Puerto Rico), the Festival Méditérranéen (France), Festival Albert Schweitzer, The Zino Francescatti festival (France) and the Festival de San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), with such artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Rina Dokshitsky, Katia Skanavi, Ursula Opens, Lukas Foss, Pepe Romero, Paula Robison, Eugenia Zukerman, Patrice Fontanarosa, Chantal Juillet, Claire Désert, Anne Quéffelec, Pierre Barbizet, Carter Brey, Emmanuel Strosser and Stephanie Chase, among others.
In addition to Mr. Gronnier career as a performing artist, he has been very involved in the artist management field. He created Henry Gronnier Artists Management in NY and successfully nurtured several young talents who went on to have international careers. Having done that he continued as Vice President of Jack Mastroianni Associates, working with some of the elites in the music world today, Cecilia Bartoli, Mirella Freni, Angelika Kirschlager, Julia Fischer, Jean Yves Thibaudet to name a few. Therefore not only does he understand how to develop talent through teaching, but also how to navigate the path once the individual is ready to enter their chosen career.
Henry Gronnier was an Associate Professor of Violin and Director of Chamber Music at University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music (USC) until the Spring 2014 and is curently on the faculty at the Academy and Colburn School for the performing arts in Los Angeles.