Franz Welser-Möst

Music Director, Cleveland Orchestra

Eric Ericson Honorary Chair with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic

Managed in association with Enticott Music Management

Biography

For 18 years, Franz Welser-Möst has shaped an unmistakable sound culture as Musical Director of the Cleveland Orchestra. Under his leadership, the orchestra has been repeatedly praised by international critics for its musical excellence. Through innovative projects and co-operations, young audiences have been continuously approached and consulted and, as a result of these initiatives, 20% of all Cleveland Orchestra concertgoers are now under 25 years old. Welser-Möst has brought numerous world premieres and opera productions to Severance Hall.  In addition to orchestral residencies in the USA, Europe and China, he and the Cleveland Orchestra are regular guests at all the major international festivals.

As a guest conductor, Franz Welser-Möst enjoys a particularly close and productive artistic partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic. He has twice appeared on the podium for their celebrated New Year’s Concert, and regularly conducts the orchestra in subscription concerts at the Vienna Musikverein, as well as on tours in Japan, China, Australia and the USA.  Welser-Most and the Vienna Philharmonic have also performed together at historical memorial concerts in Sarajevo and Versailles.

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Reviews

“Welser-Möst and the Cleveland players, joined at the hip, … offered playing divinely precise, exquisitely refined.”

The Arts Desk

“A truly exceptional evening with the Bavarian State Orchestra and its marvellous musicians who responded in an all-consuming way to the precise and careful indications of this Maestro, moved just as much by the spirit as by the nuances and subtleness of the Straussian language. […] The way in which the Austrian Maestro conducted was a pure miracle – with an indescribable touch and with perfect knowledge of this Straussian music he passed mysterious movements to the orchestra, which responded like a giant chamber orchestra.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung

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“Welser-Möst and the Cleveland players, joined at the hip, … offered playing divinely precise, exquisitely refined.”

The Arts Desk 

“A truly exceptional evening with the Bavarian State Orchestra and its marvellous musicians who responded in an all-consuming way to the precise and careful indications of this Maestro, moved just as much by the spirit as by the nuances and subtleness of the Straussian language. […] The way in which the Austrian Maestro conducted was a pure miracle – with an indescribable touch and with perfect knowledge of this Straussian music he passed mysterious movements to the orchestra, which responded like a giant chamber orchestra.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung 

““Mr. Welser-Möst and his wondrous orchestra refuse to let the music’s churning textures ever settle into sluggishness, […] a musical performance of impeccable quality and wide textural range, from the rustle of strings tapped with the wood of bows at the beginning to the horn fanfares that open the final scene with unassuming flawlessness. Mr. Welser-Möst treats the score — as he did Strauss’s “Salome” with this orchestra in 2012 — with a lithe flexibility that gives climaxes a fearsomely contrasting grandeur and weight.””

New York Times 

“Dynamics, controlled impatience, intimate poetry: all there. Cheers and Jubilee for Welser-Möst. | Vienna State Opera ‘Ring Cycle'”

Der Standard 

“This was one of the most beautiful New Year’s Concerts since Karajan and Kleiber. Franz Welser-Möst knows how the music of the Strauss-dynasty, the music of Lanner and Hellmesberger has to sound.”

Österreich 

“The Cleveland Orchestra’s triumphant performance of Richard Strauss’s Salome […] The great interlude… was stunning, not just for the virtuosity with which the orchestra dealt with its turbulent pile-up of leitmotifs, but also for the way that the eerily quiet passage for contrabassoon held the audience rapt. [Franz Welser-Möst] ensured that there was ample excitement to go around, while letting the music unfold with structural logic and maximizing opportunities for sumptuous playing.”

Musical America 

“What the [Vienna] Philharmonic Orchestra under the confident conductorship Franz Welser-Moests deliver is breathtaking…. it is especially exhilarating in its musical swing and the expressive directness.”

Die Presse 

“And in fact, [the Bolero] sounded fabulous—with those weapons that Welser-Möst handles so scrupulously: precision, rhythmic control, a certain highly effective minimalism. All that, plus the assurance of having an orchestra like the Cleveland at his command: compact, secure, even luminous. The artistic results are overwhelmingly effective. It is the art of perfection, pure and simple.”

El Pais