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The "radiant playing" (The Baltimore Sun) of German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser unites with the refined artistry of Austrian pianist TIll Fellner. Together, they juxtapose Beethoven's intimate Op. 102 sonatas, written in 1815, with a varied group of works from a century later.

Please note that it is expected that this concert will take place at Shriver Hall. Learn more here.

"Moser attached the piece with flaming elegance. He has a bravura technique, lush sound, but also natural temperament." —Berliner Zeitung

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    Johannes Moser

    Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as "one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists", German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world's leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Philharmonic at the Proms, London Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Tokyo NHK Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras with conductors of the highest level including Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez, Paavo Jarvi, Semyon Bychkov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Gustavo Dudamel.

    Johannes recently won his 3rd ECHO Klassik award as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year 2017' for his Russian Recital disk on the label PENTATONE, for whom he records exclusively. His latest recordings include the concertos by Dvorák, Lalo, Elgar and Tchaikovsky, which have gained him the prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the Diapason d'Or. He will return to the recording studio in late 2017 to record Lutoslawski and Dutilleux concertos.  

    In the 2017-18 season, Johannes will return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Netherlands Radio, Orchestre National de Lille, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Seattle and San Diego Symphony.  

    With his newly formed piano trio with Yevgeny Sudbin and Vadim Gluzman he will tour extensively in the coming season throughout Europe and North America. A dedicated chamber musician, Johannes has performed with Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, Menahem Pressler, James Ehnes, Midori, and Jonathan Biss. He is also a regular at festivals including the Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Gstaad and Kissinger festivals, the Mehta Chamber Music Festival, and the Colorado, Seattle and Brevard music festivals.

    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 2011 he premiered Magnetar for electric cello by Enrico Chapela with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and in the following season he continued this relationship with the orchestra performing Michel van der Aa's cello concerto Up-close. 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.

    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 with the prestigious Brahms prize.  

    A voracious reader of everything from Kafka to Collins, and an avid outdoorsman, Johannes Moser is a keen hiker and mountain biker in what little spare time he has.

    "His tone was big and warm where needed, and he proved himself capable of some Rostropovich-like wild abandon…he was consistently eloquent." —The Telegraph

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    Till Fellner

    Pianist Till Fellner plays with scrupulous musicianship, purity of style, and sparkling keyboard command – qualities that have earned him acclaim throughout Europe, the United States and Japan. His readings of the works of Bach and Beethoven in particular have placed him among the elect in this repertoire, and the inspired ingenuity of his performances of such 20th century masters as György Kurtág and Elliott Carter have earned him many accolades.

    During the 2017-18 season Till Fellner will debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and returns to the Chicago Symphony for a subscription week with frequent collaborator Manfred Honeck. In Europe, he appears with Le Concert Olympique, the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In recital, he will be heard in Paris, Vienna, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and throughout Germany, Belgium and France.

    Last season, Till returned to the Montreal Symphony for performances of Beethoven Concerto No. 4 with Kent Nagano – a work they have previously recorded together on the ECM label; and to the Pittsburgh Symphony for performances of Beethoven Concerto No. 3 with Manfred Honeck.  He performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 with the St. Louis Symphony and collaborated again with Maestro Nagano in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

    In North America Till Fellner has appeared recently with the San Francisco Symphony and Semyon Bychkov performing Mozart, the Pittsburgh Symphony with Manfred Honeck for Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, the Boston Symphony with Bernard Haitink, and the Chicago Symphony with Manfred Honeck.  Fellner has appeared regularly with the Montreal Symphony and Kent Nagano and has played recitals at Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Performances, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and at the Washington Performing Arts Society.

    In recent seasons, Fellner completed his critically acclaimed complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle, which he performed over three seasons in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, and Toppan Hall in Tokyo. In addition to performing Schubert’s Winterreise on tour with Mark Padmore, he appeared at the Orford Festival International de Musique with Kent Nagano and the Montréal Symphony; with the Orchestre National de France, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and with the Munich Philharmonic.  He was Artist-in-Residence with the Bamberg Symphony where he played numerous programs, including concerts with Herbert Blomstedt and Manfred Honeck.  He has appeared in recital throughout Europe and America, and in Russia, Japan, and Malaysia.

    In 1993 Till Fellner came to world attention by winning First Prize at the important Clara Haskil International Piano Competition at Vevey, Switzerland. Since that time, Fellner has appeared as guest soloist with many of the world's foremost orchestras, working with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, and Franz Welser-Möst, among many others. He has also performed as partner to cellist Heinrich Schiff and violinist Viviane Hagner, as well as with Mr. Padmore, Lisa Batiashvili and Adrian Brendel.

    Till Fellner has an impressive discography to his credit on the EMI, Claves, Erato, Philips, and ECM labels, the most recent release being a CD of Harrison Birtwistle’s Chamber Music with Lisa Batiashvili, Adrian Brendel, et al.  His 2010 ECM recording of the Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5, with Nagano and the Montreal Symphony, was singled out for its clarity and impeccable beauty. Fellner appears on an ECM album of new works by Thomas Larcher, and his recording of Bach’s Two- and Three-Part Inventions and French Suite No. V, has received widespread critical praise, in keeping with his acclaimed ECM recording of the first book of Bach’s monumental Well-Tempered Clavier.

    Fellner has also recorded Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 19, 22, and 25; Beethoven’s Concertos Nos. 2 & 3; a selection of Beethoven piano sonatas; Beethoven’s works for cello and piano (with Heinrich Schiff), Schubert’s Sonata in A minor D.784 plus 6 Moments musicaux4 Impromptus and 12 waltzes; Schumann’s “Kreisleriana,” Op. 16 and Schönberg’s Suite for Piano, Op. 25.

    Till Fellner was a student of Helene Sedo-Stadler and has studied privately with Alfred Brendel, Meira Farkas, Oleg Maisenberg, and Claus-Christian Schuster.

    "[Fellner's] playing was all Apollonian grace…remarkable in its clarity, musicality, and feline viruosity." —The Boston Globe

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Suite Italienne for Cello and Piano

Anton Webern (1883-1945)

Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 11

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 102, No. 1

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor

Anton Webern (1883-1945)

Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 11

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 102, No. 2

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