Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.
German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras and works regularly with conductors of the highest level.
Johannes recently won his third ECHO Klassik Award as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year 2017’ for his Russian Recital disk on the label PENTATONE, for whom he records exclusively. He will return to the studio in late 2017 to record the Lutoslawski and Dutilleux concertos.
In the 2017/18 season Johannes performs widely in the USA and Europe, including an extensive tour of his newly formed piano with Yevgeny Sudbin and Vadim Gluzman.
Renowned for his efforts to expand the reach of the classical genre as well as his passionate focus on new music, Johannes has recently been heavily involved in commissioning works by Julia Wolfe, Ellen Reid, Thomas Agerfeld Olesen, Johannes Kalitzke, Jelena Firsowa and Andrew Norman. He will take part in the European Premiere of Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra in October 2017.
Throughout his career, Johannes has been committed to reaching out to all audiences, from kindergarten to college and beyond. He combines most of his concert engagements with masterclasses, school visits and preconcert lectures.
Johannes Moser plays on an Andrea Guarneri Cello from 1694 from a private collection.
While a student at the Shanghai Conservatoire Jian Wang was featured in the celebrated documentary film From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China. Mr Stern’s encouragement and support paved the way for him to go to the United States and in 1985 he entered the Yale School of Music.
Recent and future highlights include concerts with the New York and Hong Kong Philharmonic, Toronto and Singapore Symphony Orchestras, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. He has a regular relationship with the Hallé Orchestra with whom he has performed in the UK and China. This season Jian will also perform recitals with pianist Sunwook Kim, including a performance in Seoul.
Jian has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, Zurich Tonhalle, NDR Hamburg, Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and NHK Symphony. Amongst his many high profile concerts in China, he has played for the President and opened the season for the China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony and Macau Symphony Orchestras. He has also played with the China National Orchestra, Hangzhou Symphony and performed the complete Bach Cello Suites in Beijing.
He has an extensive discography with DGG, including the Bach Cello Suites and the Brahms Double Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado and Gil Shaham and chamber music with Maria João Pires and Augustin Dumay. His instrument is graciously loaned to him by the family of the late Mr. Sau-Wing Lam.
The American-born cellist Alisa Weilerstein has attracted attention worldwide for her natural virtuosity, intensity of her playing and the spontaneity and sensitivity of her interpretations. In 2010, she was invited by Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic to play the Elgar concerto in the orchestra’s annual Europakonzert which that year took place in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre. She has appeared with all of the major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe with conductors including Pablo Heras-Casado, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Matthias Pintscher, Yuri Temirkanov, Juraj Valcuha, Osmo Vänskä, Semyon Bychkov, Simone Young and Jaap van Zweden. She has also appeared at major music festivals throughout the world as a soloist, recitalist and as a chamber musician.
The 2017/18 season sees Weilerstein gives two performances of Schumann’s Cello Concerto, with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Manfred Honeck and the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Christoph Eschenbach; two performances of the Barber Concerto, with the Chicago Symphony led by Jiří Bělohlávek and the Cleveland Orchestra under Alan Gilbert; and a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with conductor Jeffrey Kahane leading the New York Philharmonic. She also plays a series of duo recitals on tour with her regular recital partner, Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, beginning at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall. Other concerto appearances include Shostakovich with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester and James Conlon; Prokofiev with the Dallas Symphony under Jaap van Zweden; tours of the UK with the Czech Philharmonic and Bělohlávek playing Shostakovich and Dvořák; and performances of Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony under the baton of Krzysztof Urbański.