Monday 23 March 2015

Press Release: Johannes Moser Signs as Exclusive PENTATONE Recording Artist



PENTATONE announces the engagement of rising talent, cellist Johannes Moser, as one of its exclusive artists.  The collaboration launches on 1 September 2015 with the release of Dvořák & Lalo Cello Concertos.

Johannes Moser Signs as Exclusive PENTATONE Recording Artist

Baarn, the Netherlands, 23 March 2015 — Cellist Johannes Moser has signed with the acclaimed Dutch label PENTATONE as an exclusive recording artist. His first release under the new deal will be of the Dvořák and Lalo cello concertos, recorded with the Prague Philharmonia and conductor Jakub Hrůša. The album, in SACD and as high definition download, will be available in September 2015.

Johannes regularly performs with the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin, New York, Los Angeles and Munich philharmonics; Chicago, London, Bavarian Radio, Frankfurt Radio and NHK symphonies; Royal Concertgebouw; and the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. He recently made a critically acclaimed Boston Symphony debut performing Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1.  The Boston Globe’s Jeremy Eichler writes that Moser, “gave the work a deluxe and rhapsodic treatment… [it was a] virtuosic tour.” David Wright, in Boston’s Classical Review, says, “Addressing his instrument with both poise and emotional involvement, Moser played expressively, with a mellow, unforced tone that nevertheless carried well in the large hall.”

In addition to his extensive orchestral, solo and chamber concert schedule, Johannes is committed to expanding the reach of classical music through educational outreach with people of all ages. He is a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Cologne, Germany, frequently participates in school visits to perform with students and conducts masterclasses.

Johannes is also an ardent proponent of and actively programmes new music, such as his performances of Magnetar, a concerto for electric cello by Enrico Chapela that he premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel in 2012.

Dirk Jan Vink, PENTATONE’s Managing Director said, “We are thrilled to welcome Johannes on board. Such a talented artist whom The New York Times declared, ‘brought the house down,’ at Carnegie Hall. It is a privilege to be able to work with him.”

Johannes said, “With PENTATONE, I believe I have found the right partner - one with whom I share the same artistic beliefs.  I am looking forward to recording the major concerto repertoire with a team that also strives for excellence without compromise when it comes to sound and performance. I am excited about this signing and the music we will create in the future.”

Born into a musical family in 1979, the German-Canadian Moser began studying the cello at age eight and became a student of Professor David Geringas in 1997.  He first captured international attention at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition where he took both the top prize and was also awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Rococo Variations.  His previous recordings have been honoured with two ECHO Klassik awards and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. In 2014, he was named a recipient of the prestigious Brahms prize.

Johannes plays on a cello by Andrea Guaneri, made in 1694, from a private collection.

For more information, please visit www.johannes-moser.com and follow him on Twitter @jmothecellist.

About Johannes Moser

German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser performs with the world’s leading orchestras, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, NHK Symphony, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. He works regularly with conductors of the highest level including Riccardo Muti, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez, Paavo Jarvi, Semyon Bychkov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Gustavo Dudamel. A dedicated chamber musician, Johannes has played with Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, Menahem Pressler, James Ehnes, Midori and Jonathan Biss at festivals including Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, and Gstaad, as well as the Colorado, Seattle and Brevard music festivals.

Born into a musical family in 1979, Johannes began studying the cello at the age of eight and became a student of Professor David Geringas in 1997. He was the top prize-winner at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, in addition to being awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Rococo Variations. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Brahms prize. Johannes has received two ECHO Klassik awards and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for his previous recordings.

Website: http://www.johannes-moser.com

About PENTATONE

PENTATONE is a Dutch classical music label specialising in high end, multichannel surround sound recordings. PENTATONE’s catalogue includes performances by conductors Kent Nagano, Marek Janowski, Paavo Järvi, Charles Dutoit, Sir Neville Marriner, Mikhail Pletnev, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Jurowski and Jakub Hrůša; artists Arabella Steinbacher, Joyce DiDonato, Julia Fischer, Jake Heggie, Mari Kodama, Nareh Arghamanyan, Johannes Moser; and orchestras such as the Russian National Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the New Dutch Academy and the Bolshoi Theatre.

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