Described as “an extraordinary talent” by the legendary cellist and teacher Janos Starker, Mark Kosower became principal cello of The Cleveland Orchestra in 2010 at the appointment of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst. Previously, he was solo cellist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany, a position equivalent to the American title of principal cello. Additional orchestral experiences include serving as guest solo cellist of the North German Radio Orchestra at the invitation of Christoph von Dohnányi and as guest principal cellist of the Seoul Philharmonic under Myung-Whun Chung. He was professor of cello and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2005 to 2007 and has given master classes around the world.
In addition to his orchestral and educational activities Mr. Kosower makes regular appearances as soloist with orchestras both nationally and internationally. During the 2012-13 season, he made his Netherlands debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Pezzo Capriccioso with Mikhail Tartarnikov. Other highlights included performances with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony and the Orquestra Filarmonica de Minas Gerais in Brazil. Past international appearances include the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the China National Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, the Bamberg Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra. In North America he has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minnesota and Seattle, among many others. Mr. Kosower has also appeared as a soloist at the Brevard, Eastern and Ravinia music festivals.
His solo recital appearances include the de Doelen in Rotterdam, Philharmonic Hall in Belgrade, the Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Merkin Concert Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series and at the Aspen Music Festival. Other solo appearances include performances at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper and New York’s Avery Fisher Hall. As a chamber musician, Mr. Kosower has performed at chamber music societies and festivals across the country including collaborations with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and with the Juilliard String Quartet during their 2010 European tour.
Mr. Kosower’s has recorded for the Ambitus, Delos, Naxos International and VAI labels, including the complete music for solo cello of Alberto Ginastera (the two cello concertos and the music for cello and piano for Naxos) making him the first cellist to do so. He was described as a “powerful and compelling advocate of Ginastera’s art” by MusicWeb International, and Strings Magazine said of his Hungarian CD that “the music allows Kosower to showcase his stunning virtuosity, passionate intensity, and elegant phrasing.” Mr. Kosower most recently recorded works by Eberhard Klemmstein, Max Reger and Richard Strauss with his pianist and wife, Jee-Won Oh, for Ambitus to be released in 2014.
The recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2002, Mr. Kosower holds a bachelor’s degree and artist diploma in cello performance from Indiana University and a master’s degree and artist diploma in cello performance from the Juilliard School. His major teachers were Joel Krosnick and Janos Starker.
He joined the CIM faculty in 2010.
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