“Welser-Möst and the Cleveland players, joined at the hip, … offered playing divinely precise, exquisitely refined.”Geoff Brown
Franz Welser-Möst is one of the most distinguished conductors of our day. He has been music director of the Cleveland Orchestra since 2002 and his contract currently runs until 2022.
The artistic profile of his long-term collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018, is characterized by exceptional programming, numerous premieres and innovative staged opera productions, and a strong commitment to building up a new and, above all, a young audience through groundbreaking projects and collaborations. In addition to their regular residencies in the USA and Europe, Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra have appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and at the festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne and Grafenegg.
As a guest conductor, Welser-Möst has a particularly close and productive relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic. He has twice appeared on the podium for their celebrated New Year’s concerts, and regularly conducts the orchestra in concert at Vienna’s Musikverein, the Lucerne Festival, the BBC Proms and on tour in Japan, Scandinavia and the USA. This special relationship was recognized in spring 2014 when he was presented with the orchestra’s Ring of Honour.
From 2010 to 2014 Franz Welser-Möst was general music director of the Vienna State Opera. In addition to cultivating the entire repertoire, he notably conducted 20th-century works such as Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová, From the House of the Dead and The Cunning Little Vixen, as well as Hindemith’s Cardillac. In Vienna and Cleveland he has focused on the operas of Richard Strauss and conducted performances of Salome, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos and Arabella.
Franz Welser-Möst is a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival, with recent appearances with Rusalka, Der Rosenkavalier and Fidelio, and in summer 2016 a triumphant success with a new production of Richard Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae. In 2017 he will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic there for the new production of Aribert Reimann’s opera ‘Lear’.
During the 2017/18 season he conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Salzburg Easter Festival, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Franz Welser-Möst has received many other honours and awards, while his numerous CDs and DVDs have been awarded many international prizes.
January 2017. No previously dated versions are authorised for publication. This biography must not be edited in any way without prior permission from Enticott Music Management.
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