Franz Welser-Möst is in his eighth year as Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra. His
long-term commitment extends to the orchestra's centennial in 2018. Under his direction,
the orchestra holds residencies in the US and in Europe, champions living composers,
partners with Northeast Ohio public schools and conservatories, and has re-established
itself as an important operatic ensemble. Concurrently with his post in Cleveland, Mr.
Welser-Möst becomes General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera in September
Under Mr. Welser-Möst's leadership, The Cleveland Orchestra holds ongoing residencies at
Vienna's famed Musikverein concert hall and Switzerland's Lucerne Festival, along with an
annual Miami residency. In 2011, Mr. Welser-Möst and the orchestra launch a biennial
residency at the Lincoln Center Festival, featuring The Cleveland Orchestra first in
concert and subsequently in Vienna State Opera productions.
Under Mr. Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has presented 11 world and 14 US premieres.
In the 2008-2009 season, Mr. Welser-Möst led an Opernhaus Zürich production of Mozart's
Le nozze di Figaro at Severance Hall, followed by a production of Così fan
tutte during the 2009-2010 season. He and The Cleveland Orchestra will complete the
series of Mozart / Da Ponte operas in Cleveland with an Opernhaus Zürich production of
Don Giovanni in 2010-2011.
Recent and upcoming international engagements include a new production of Wagner's
Ring cycle with stage director Sven-Eric Bechtolf at the Vienna State Opera.
During the 2009-2010 season, Mr. Welser-Möst has led additional Ring performances,
as well as Wagner's Tannhäuser and Parsifal, with the Vienna State Opera.
In 2009, he conducted the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Salzburg and Lucerne
festivals, at the BBC Proms in London, and in a special concert in Vienna to mark the 150th
anniversary of the Vienna Singverein. In 2010, he conducts the Sommernacht concert outdoors
at Schönbrunn Palace, and in 2011 he will conduct the philharmonic's celebrated New Year's
Following his US debut in 1989, and prior to his appointment in Cleveland, Mr. Welser-Möst
regularly guest-conducted the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New
York, and Philadelphia. He was music director of the London Philharmonic from 1990 to 1996.
During his decade-long tenure with Opernhaus Zürich, culminating in three seasons as
general music director (2005-2008), Mr. Welser-Möst led more than 40 new productions.
During the 2009-2010 season, he leads Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten and
Mozart's Così fan tutte in Zurich.
Mr. Welser-Möst's recordings and videos have won the Gramophone Award, Diapason
d'Or, Japanese Record Academy Award, and two Grammy nominations. Mr. Welser-Möst has led
The Cleveland Orchestra in video recordings of live performances of Bruckner's symphonies
nos. 5, 7, and 9, and he and the orchestra released a recording of Beethoven's Ninth
Symphony on Deutsche Grammophon in 2007.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has
become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. In concerts at its
winter home at Severance Hall and at each summer's Blossom Festival, in residencies from
Miami to Vienna, and on tour around the world, The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of
artistic excellence, creative programming, and community engagement.
The partnership with Franz Welser-Möst, now in its eighth season, has earned The Cleveland
Orchestra unprecedented residencies in the US and in Europe, including one at the
Musikverein in Vienna-the first of its kind by an American orchestra. The orchestra
returned to Vienna during the 2009-2010 season for its fourth Musikverein residency as part
of a nine-concert tour. The orchestra regularly appears at European festivals, including an
ongoing series of biennial residencies at the Lucerne Festival, featuring Roche
Commissions-a project involving the orchestra, the festival, and Carnegie Hall. Through the
Roche Commissions project, Franz Welser-Möst and the orchestra have premiered works by
Harrison Birtwistle, Chen Yi, Hanspeter Kyburz, and George Benjamin in partnership with the
Lucerne Festival and Carnegie Hall. This summer, they premiere Toshio Hosokawa's Woven
Dreams in Lucerne as part of this project.
In the US, Mr. Welser-Möst and the orchestra have toured from coast to coast-including
regular appearances at Carnegie Hall-and in January 2007 began an unprecedented long-term
residency project in Miami, Florida, where they perform annually at the Adrienne Arsht
Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and provide a wide array of community
and educational activities. In addition, the 2009-2010 season marks the announcement of a
residency at the Lincoln Center Festival that starts in 2011 and features The Cleveland
Orchestra, initially in concert and subsequently in Vienna State Opera productions.
The Cleveland Orchestra's educational programs, a cornerstone of the orchestra's original
mission, have introduced nearly four million Cleveland-area schoolchildren to symphonic
music since 1921. In the 2009-2010 season, the orchestra launched a Community Music
Initiative that began with orchestral performances led by Franz Welser-Möst in Cleveland
Metropolitan School District public schools. Designed to provide greater access to
orchestral music for more of Northeast Ohio's citizens than ever before, the Community
Music Initiative has introduced new programs throughout the year for students from
preschool through high school. The season closes in June 2010 with a free retrospective
evening celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer fellowships,
featuring new works by composers Susan Botti, Marc-André Dalbavie, Matthias Pintscher, and
Johannes Maria Staud.
The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918 by a group of local citizens. It has been led
by seven music directors (Nikolai Sokoloff, 1918-1933; Artur Rodzinski, 1933-1943; Erich
Leinsdorf, 1943-1946; George Szell, 1946-1970; Lorin Maazel, 1972-1982; Christoph von
Dohnányi, 1984-2002; and Franz Welser-Möst, 2002-present), and one musical advisor (Pierre
Boulez, 1970-1972). Expansion to a year-round schedule was made possible in 1968 with the
opening of Blossom Music Center, an outdoor facility in nearby Cuyahoga Falls that is home
to the orchestra's Blossom Festival. Touring, residencies, radio broadcasts, and recordings
available by internet download and on DVD and CD provide access to the orchestra's music
making for a broad and loyal constituency around the world.
Visit clevelandorchestra.com for additional information.