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.
In the 2016/17 season Johannes’ engagements in North America include returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He also makes debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra, Laguna Beach Music Festival, and will give the world premiere the newest work by Julia Wolfe together with the Pacifica Quartet. His European engagements this season will include concerts with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Staatsoper Hannover Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin where he will premiere a new concerto by Johannes Kalitzke at the Ultrasound Festival.
Johannes Moser is now an exclusive recording artist for the PENTATONE label.
Jian Wang began to study the cello with his father when he was four. While a student at the Shanghai Conservatoire, he 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 under a special programme where he studied with the renowned cellist Aldo Parisot.
Recent and future highlights include concerts with the Munich Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony and Swedish Chamber Orchestras. He has a regular relationship with the Hallé Orchestra with whom he has performed in the UK and China. Jian also performs with the Singapore Symphony and Hong Kong, Seoul and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestras.
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 at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing.
He has an extensive discography with DGG, Reverie (arrangements for cello and guitar) and the Bach Cello Suites being his most recent releases. 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 2016/17 season sees Alisa give world premiere performance of Matthias Pintscher’s new concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the composer himself on the podium. This work has been commissioned by Matthias Pintscher and written especially for Alisa. Other highlights include performances with the Stockholm Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia.