Franz Welser-Möst Music Director Kelvin Smith Family Endowed Chair The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst is among today’s most distinguished conductors in the world. The 2018-19 season marks his seventeenth year as music director of The Cleveland Orchestra, with the future of this acclaimed partnership extending into the next decade. The New York Times has declared Cleveland under WelserMöst’s direction to be the “best American orchestra“ for its virtuosity, elegance of sound, variety of color, and chamber-like musical cohesion. During The Cleveland Orchestra’s centennial last season — dedicated to the community that created it — Franz Welser-Möst led two ambitious festivals, The Ecstasy of Tristan and Isolde, examining the power of music to portray and create transcendence, followed by a concentrated look at the philosophical and political messages within Beethoven’s music in The Prometheus Project (presented on three continents, in Cleveland, Vienna, and Tokyo). As a guest conductor, Mr. WelserSeverance Hall 2018-19
Möst enjoys a close and productive relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic. His recent performances with the Philharmonic have included a series of critically-acclaimed opera productions at the Salzburg Festival, as well as appearances on tour at New York’s Carnegie Hall, at the Lucerne Festival, and in concert at La Scala Milan. Performances with the Philharmonic this season include appearances at the Salzburg, Grafenegg, and Glyndebourne festivals, and, in November, at Versailles and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. He returns to Vienna in the spring to lead Mahler’s Eighth Symphony. He has also built impressive relationships with other great symphonic ensembles and opera houses. His schedule also includes performances of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. From 2010 to 2014, Franz WelserMöst served as general music director of the Vienna State Opera, and, prior to that, led the Zurich Opera for a decade, culminating in three seasons as general music director (2005-08). Mr. Welser-Möst was awarded the Pro Arte Europapreis in 2017 for his advocacy and achievements as a musical ambassador. Other honors and awards include recognition from the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, honorary membership in the Vienna Singverein, appointment as an Academician of the European Academy of Yuste, a Decoration of Honor from the Republic of Austria for his artistic achievements, and the Kilenyi Medal from the Bruckner Society of America.
May 23-25 Sibelius & Strauss May 30- June 1 An American in Paris