Franz Welser-Möst

conductor

The Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Möst, who was born in 1960 in Linz, has been Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra since 2002. In addition to their concert series in Severance Hall and at the Blossom Music Center, he also regularly performs with them in New York, Miami, and the cultural centers of Europe. Welser-Möst had previously served as Music Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1990 to 1996) and of the Zurich Opera, with which he was associated for 13 years, from 1995 to 2008; from 2010 to 2014 he was General Music Director of the Vienna Staatsoper. Welser-Möst enjoys a close collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic: twice, in 2011 and 2013, he has conducted their famous New Year’s Concert, and he has also led the Philharmonic on tours to the United States, Japan, and Scandinavia. Welser-Möst is additionally a sought-after guest artist at the Salzburg Festival. In recent years, he has led new productions there of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Die Liebe der Danae, Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Reimann’s Lear; 2018 he conducted Strauss’s Salome and a program with the Vienna Philharmonic in Salzburg. Over the past season, Welser-Möst has additionally performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. His discography has won numerous awards, including the Gramophone Award, the Diapason d’or, the Japanese Record Academy Award, and, in the fall of 2015, the Echo Klassik Award for his live DVD recording of Der Rosenkavalier at Salzburg. Franz Welser-Möst is an Honorary Member of the Vienna Singverein and holds the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art; in 2017 he received the Pro Arte Europapreis.

 LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 March 1999 leading the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Mahler’s Sixth Symphony.

July 2018