Daniel Müller-Schott

Cello

Biography

Daniel Müller-Schott ranks among the world’s best cellists of his generation and can be heard on all of the foremost international concert stages. He has made his mark by delighting audiences for two decades “a fearless player with technique to burn” (New York Times). Thanks to his energetic interpretations and a winning personality, his concerts are memorable experiences.

Daniel Müller-Schott works with such international groundbreaking orchestras; in the US with the orchestras in New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia, in Europe the London Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonia, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Gewandhausorchestra Leipzig, the Radio Orchestras from Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Leipzig and Hamburg, the Orchestre National de Radio France, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Spanish National Orchestra as well as in Asia with Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic. Daniel Müller-Schott made an outstanding debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the start of 2014, where he performed Dvořák’s cello concerto with Alan Gilbert.

All over the world Daniel Müller-Schott has appeared in concert with such renowned conductors as Marc Albrecht, Thomas Dausgaard, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Iván Fischer, Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Gimeno, Bernard Haitink, Jakub Hrůša, Pietari Inkinen, Neeme Järvi, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Lorin Maazel, Jun Märkl, Kurt Masur, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Vasily Petrenko, Sir André Previn, Michael Sanderling, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Dima Slobodeniouk und Krzysztof Urbański.

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Review

“The magnetic young German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott administered a dose of adrenaline with a compelling performance of Haydn’s Concerto in C. Mr. Müller-Schott, a fearless player with technique to burn, made child’s play of the work’s difficulties. But even more impressive were his gorgeous, plush tone and his meticulous attention to expression.”

The New York Times

“The German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott joined the orchestra in a soulful performance of [Dvořák’s] Cello Concerto that was particularly memorable for his sensitive playing and refined sound in the quiet passages. There was magic in the interplay between soloist and individual orchestra voices, and in Mr. Müller-Schott’s hushed, almost lifeless penultimate note that grew into the soaring, jubilant conclusion.”

The New York Times

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“Muller-Schott was clearly the poet, playing so soulfully he added new depths to Dvorak’s heartfelt adieu to his first love. The first movement ached with agony and ecstasy, and Muller-Schott’s songlike phrasing enhanced the mood swings as well as the long stretch of solace in the Adagio. As the concerto neared its tumultuous end, his performance became spellbinding.”

Chicago Tribune

“The high point, no doubt, was Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, as performed by German cellist Daniel Muller-Schott, in his Cleveland Orchestra debut…. Rarely does an artist — Muller-Schott, that is — captivate so quickly. Seconds after the cellist first applied his bow to his strings, one was taken by the special sound of his instrument: resonant, direct and rich, even at soft volumes…. Then came the actual performance, a paragon of virtuosity and grace. Interacting closely with the orchestra, Muller-Schott endowed each variation with its own personality, soaring here, frolicking there, and pausing regularly for moments of exquisite tenderness. Let’s just hope the pause between this and his next appearance isn’t long.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Perhaps it’s a cliché to say that an instrument sings, but when Daniel Müller-Schott plays the cello, it’s true — and downright operatic…. Well suited to the piece’s [André Previn’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra] style, Müller-Schott called to mind violinist Joshua Bell in his lush, golden, well-projected tone, his charismatic presence and his ability to mine music for unabashed beauty.”

New Jersey Star-Leger

“Cellist Daniel Müller-Schott played with great virtuosity. He seemed to play in a meditative state, delivering an ardent and passionate reading.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Certainly, what we saw from Müller-Schott at this concert was close to stunning: it is remarkable how much his technical sophistication and control has advanced in a relatively few years, and just how warm and ravishing much of his tonal output is. There is much feeling but also tremendous refinement, shape and eloquence too.”

Vancouver Classical Music

“There’s no shortage of fine young cellists, but Daniel Müller-Schott is one of the most impressive – his brilliant technique, ringing tone and persuasive musicianship combine to great effect.”

Gramophone Magazine

“”However, the timbre of the cello, played by soloist Daniel Müller-Schott, thrived with even more exuberance from his brilliant, tremendously modulated tone and dramatically shaped musical performance; he simply presented himself as a remarkably talented creator…””

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung