Beethoven, Bloch, and Dvorak

ProMedica Masterworks

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

October 28 - 29, 2016

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Stefan Sanderling, Conductor
Mark Kosower, Cello

The struggle to find one’s artistic identity created music to express emotions where words fail. Captivating superstar cellist Mark Kosower returns to Toledo to perform Ernest Bloch’s expressive rhapsody, Schelomo. Dedicated to an early champion of Antonin Dvorák’s work, the concert concludes with Symphony No.5.


Beethoven orch. Adler - Variations on "God Save the King,'WoO 78
Bloch - Schelomo, Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra
Tcherepnin - Sonatina Op.58 for Timpani and Orchestra
Dvorak - Symphony No.5


Mark Kosower


A consummate artist equally at home internationally as a recital and concerto soloist and as Principal Cello of the Cleveland Orchestra, launches his 2016/17 concert season performing the Haydn C Major Concerto with Jorge Mester and the Orquesta Filarmónica Boca del Rio in Mexico. Other season solo engagements include Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic, Ernst Bloch’s Schelomo with Stefan Sanderling and the Toledo Symphony, the Dvorak Concerto with Tito Muñoz and the Phoenix Symphony, Strauss’s Don Quixote with Sir Andrew Davis and The Cleveland Orchestra, the Elgar Concerto with the Las Cruces Symphony, and a recording of Eberhard Klemmstein’s Cello Concerto with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.

An active advocate of 20th and 21st century music. Mark Kosower has brought lesser-known contemporary masterworks to international attention in recent years.  His 2011 Naxos release of the two cello concertos of Alberto Ginastera, with Lothar Zagrosek conducting the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, has won widespread critical acclaim and, with his 2008 disc of the complete Ginastera works for cello and piano, he became the first cellist to record the complete catalogue of works for solo cello by the composer.  Also in 2011 Naxos released Kosower's world premiere performance recording of Miklos Rozsa's Rhapsodie for Cello and Orchestra with the Budapest Concert Orchestra MAV. He also recorded the Walton Concerto with James DePriest and the Oregon Symphony.

He is a former member of Chamber Music Two, a two-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  He received an Avery Fisher Career Grant, a SONY Grant, and has been a top prize winner in both the Rostropovich and Pablo Casals International Cello competitions including a special prize in both competitions for the best interpretation of the newly commissioned works by Marco Stroppa and Cristobal Halffter He was the Grand Prize winner of both the Irving Klein International String Competition and the WAMSO Competition of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Mark Kosower is Teacher of Cello at the Cleveland Institute of Music and is on the faculty at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival.  His previous posts include Solo Cellist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany from 2006 - 2010, and Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2005 - 2007.  He began his cello studies with his father at the age of 1 1/2, and later studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University and Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School.



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