Mark Kosower


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.
— The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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 2016/17 concert season performing the Haydn C Major Concerto with Jorge Mester and the Orquesta Filarmónica Boca del Rio in Mexico. Other season solo engagements include Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic, Ernst Bloch’s Schelomo with Stefan Sanderling and the Toledo Symphony, the Dvorak Concerto with Tito Muñoz and the Phoenix Symphony, Strauss’s Don Quixote with Sir Andrew Davis and The Cleveland Orchestra, the Elgar Concerto with the Las Cruces Symphony, and a recording of Eberhard Klemmstein’s Cello Concerto with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.

During the 2015-16 season Mark Kosower performed the Haydn C Major Concerto with Nicholas McGegan conducting the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival. Other season solo engagements included 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, Haydn's C Major Concerto with the Columbus Symphony conducted by Robert Moody, and the Brahms Double Concerto with David Danzmayer at the Breckenridge Music Festival. A highlight of the season was the release of his recording of the Victor Herbert Cello Concertos with JoAnn Falletta and Belfast’s Ulster Orchestra for Naxos International in April 2016.

Mark Kosower 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.

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