Conductor Franz Welser-Möst

Franz Welser-Möst

A preview of our concerts featuring the esteemed American conductor Franz Welser-Möst who has been the Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra for more than 21 years and the guest conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic.

About Franz Welser-Möst

Franz Welser-Möst stands as one of the most esteemed conductors of our time, and his remarkable tenure as Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra enters its 21st year in the 2022/23 season. Notably, this partnership has been extended until 2027, solidifying his position as the orchestra's longest-serving musical leader in history. Welser-Möst's exceptional direction has earned high praise from The New York Times, which hails The Cleveland Orchestra under his guidance as "America's most brilliant orchestra." The publication commends their virtuosity, elegant sound, diverse tonal palette, and harmonious ensemble cohesion.

Under the stewardship of Mr. Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has gained acclaim for its imaginative programming, unwavering support for new music, and innovative approach to opera presentations. Together, they have embarked on 20 international tours, captivating audiences worldwide. In 2020, the ensemble launched its own recording label and cutting-edge streaming platform, allowing their artistic achievements to reach global audiences.

Beyond his dedication to Cleveland, Franz Welser-Möst maintains a close and fruitful relationship with the renowned Vienna Philharmonic as a guest conductor. He has been invited to lead the esteemed New Year's Concert three times and frequently directs performances both in Vienna and on tour.

Mr. Welser-Möst also holds a prominent position at the prestigious Salzburg Festival, where he has earned widespread acclaim for his masterful opera productions. His notable works include Rusalka, Der Rosenkavalier, Fidelio, Die Liebe der Danae, Aribert Reimann's opera Lear, and Richard Strauss's Salome. In 2020, he conducted an extraordinary performance of Strauss's Elektra, commemorating the 100th anniversary of its premiere. Subsequently, he returned to Salzburg in 2021 to conduct additional Elektra performances and led Giacomo Puccini's Il Trittico in 2022.

Recognized for his exceptional contributions to the arts, Franz Welser-Möst received the prestigious Gold Medal in the Arts from the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts in 2019. He has also been honored with The Cleveland Orchestra's Distinguished Service Award, two citations from the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Vienna Philharmonic's "Ring of Honor," acknowledgment from the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, honorary membership in the Vienna Singverein, appointment as an Academician of the European Academy of Yuste, and the Kilenyi Medal from the Bruckner Society of America.

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