Mark Kosower, cellist


Mark Kosower, cellist
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"An exceptionally intelligent and sensitive cellist."
~ Chicago Tribune

"It was though he touched the instrument and sound flowed out; relaxed, shining, round, extraordinarily beautiful, but at the same time full of character and expression."
~ Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Excerpt from Pampeana No. 2 from Ginastera: Complete Music for Cello and Piano (1:13)
Excerpt from Pampeana No. 2 from Ginastera: Complete Music for Cello and Piano (1:13)

Mark Kosower, a consummate artist equally at home internationally as a recital and concerto soloist and as Principal Cello of the Cleveland Orchestra, launches his 2015/16 concert season with performances of the Haydn C Major Concerto with Nicholas McGegan conducting the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival. Other season solo engagements include Victor Herbert's Concerto #2 with the Dayton Philharmonic, Strauss's Don Quixote with the Indianapolis Symphony conducted by Andrey Boreyko, the Brahms Double Concerto with violinist William Preucil and Franz Welser-Most conducting the Cleveland Orchestra at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, the Dvorak Concerto with John Nelson conducting San Jose's Symphony Silicon Valley and Haydn's C Major Concerto with the Columbus Symphony conducted by Robert Moody.

Earlier in 2015, Mark Kosower, at the invitation of Toledo Symphony music director Stefan Sanderling, performed the enigmatic and jazz influenced cello concerto of Friedrich Gulda in Toledo to great acclaim, and joined the Hawaii Symphony and Carlos Miguel Prieto to perform the Lalo Concerto prior to recording both Victor Herbert Concertos with JoAnn Falletta and Belfast's Ulster Orchestra for Naxos. He is a frequent guest at international chamber music festivals including the Santa Fe, the Eastern Music, the North Shore Chamber Music, the Pacific Music (of Japan), and Colorado's Strings Music festivals among others.

In past seasons he has appeared internationally as soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the China National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra Filarmonica de Minas Gerais in Brazil, and the Orquestra Sinfonica de Venezuela, as well as solo performances at the Chatelet in Paris, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro. In the USA previous concerto appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra were with Bramwell Tovey conducting the Samuel Barber Concerto, Herbert Blomstedt conducting the Dvorak Concerto, and Ton Koopman and Boccherini's Concerto in D Major G.479. Other orchestral appearances have included the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Florida, Grand Rapids, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Phoenix, Seattle, Syracuse, Virginia, the Ravinia Festival and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and recitals at the Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the National Gallery of Art and on the Great Performer's Series at Lincoln Center.

An active advocate of 20th and 21st century music. Mark Kosower has brought lesser-known contemporary masterworks to international attention in recent years.  His 2011 Naxos release of the two cello concertos of Alberto Ginastera, with Lothar Zagrosek conducting the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, has won widespread critical acclaim and, with his 2008 disc of the complete Ginastera works for cello and piano, he became the first cellist to record the complete catalogue of works for solo cello by the composer.  Also in 2011 Naxos released Kosower's world premiere performance recording of Miklos Rozsa's Rhapsodie for Cello and Orchestra with the Budapest Concert Orchestra MAV. He also recorded the Walton Concerto with James DePriest and the Oregon Symphony.

He is a former member of Chamber Music Two, a two-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  He received an Avery Fisher Career Grant, a SONY Grant, and has been a top prize winner in both the Rostropovich and Pablo Casals International Cello competitions including a special prize in both competitions for the best interpretation of the newly commissioned works by Marco Stroppa and Cristobal Halffter He was the Grand Prize winner of both the Irving Klein International String Competition and the WAMSO Competition of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Mark Kosower is Teacher of Cello at the Cleveland Institute of Music and is on the faculty at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival.  His previous posts include Solo Cellist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany from 2006 - 2010, and Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2005 - 2007.  He began his cello studies with his father at the age of 1 1/2, and later studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University and Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School.

(July 2015. Please discard previously dated materials and contact before making any alterations or cuts.)