Performances with Cleveland Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Are Highlights
The German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser continues his summer in both chamber and orchestral concerts in Europe and the U.S., including his debut with the celebrated Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of Mariss Jansons. Moser’s summer concert tour follows a busy season of debut performances with top American orchestras and further recordings on the Hänssler Classics label, which continue to earn critical praise. His recording of Saint-Saëns’s complete works for cello and orchestra was given a perfect 5-star review in BBC Music, while Listen, reviewing the same CD, called Moser “without question an artist worth watching”.
Moser opened his summer season on July 11 at Germany’s Rheingau Musik Festival where he focused on chamber music performances. In Rheingau, Moser was joined by pianist Paul Ravinius for a program of cello sonatas by Beethoven, Zemlinsky and Brahms.
Moser returns to the U.S. for a concert with the Cleveland Orchestra
Moser returns to the U.S. on August 2 for an important engagement with the Cleveland Orchestra at its summer home, the Blossom Festival. Already a popular guest soloist in Cleveland, Moser returns to play Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, with conductor Jahja Ling on the podium. During Moser’s last visit to Cleveland , the Plain Dealer praised the young cellist for his “agile brilliance and vast expressive character”. Of his recent performance of Shostakovich’s first Cello Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony, Sarah Bryan Miller of the St. Louis Post Dispatch commented:
“The concerto’s moods range from the otherworldly to the mournful and elegiac, from the sarcastic to the frantic. Moser expressed them all, with a stunning display of technical facility, leaping from the top of the instrument’s range to growling low notes with a rich, consistent sound. Moser is a major talent, and it is to be hoped that he’ll return in coming seasons.”
Moser will kick off his 2009-10 season making his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra playing the same Shostakovich concerto; the orchestra’s Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons will also lead a performance of Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony. Moser and the orchestra will present the program twice in Amsterdam before traveling to Bucharest for a single performance. These concerts mark the beginning of what promises to be an active and rewarding season for the cellist, highlights of which include a North America tour with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra under Ivor Bolton, which culminates with a performance at New York ’s Lincoln Center , and an extensive tour of American university campuses with toy pianist and composer Phyllis Chen.
Johannes Moser – engagements in summer 2009
July 24: Festival Del Sole, Napa , CA
JS Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major
August 2: Blossom Music Festival, Cuyahoga Falls , Ohio
Cleveland Orchestra / Jahja Ling
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1
September 5: Festival Lied und Lyrik , Bavaria , Germany
Several works for cello solo, combined with poems by Wolf Wondratschek
September 16-17: Amsterdam , Netherlands
September 20: Bucharest , Romania
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Mariss Jansons
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1