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, young audience through groundbreaking projects and collaborations. In addition to their regular residencies in the US and Europe, Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra have appeared at Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and at the Salzburg, Lucerne, and Grafenegg festivals.
As a guest conductor, Mr. Welser-Möst has a particularly close and productive relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic. He has twice appeared on the podium for its celebrated New Year’s concerts, and regularly conducts the orchestra in concert at Vienna’s Musikverein and on tours worldwide — including, for the first time, in China in 2018. This special relationship was recognized in spring 2014 when he was presented with the orchestra’s Ring of Honour.
From 2010 to 2014 Mr. Welser-Möst was general music director of the Vienna Staatsoper. In addition to cultivating the entire repertoire, he notably conducted 20th-century works such as Janáček’s Kátja 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, conducting 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 including Dvořák’s Rusalka, Der Rosenkavalier, and Beethoven’s Fidelio, a triumphant success with a new production of Richard Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae (summer 2016) and Aribert Reimann’s opera Lear (2017). In 2018 he conducted an extremely successful production of Salome, which made festival history.
During the 2018–19 season he conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Czech Philharmonic.
Franz Welser-Möst has received numerous other honors and awards, while his numerous CDs and DVDs have been awarded many international prizes.
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