This month cellist Mark Kosower opens ProMusica Chamber Orchestra‘s (Columbus, OH) 18/19 season alongside long-time friends and musical colleagues violinist Vadim Gluzman, and pianist Angela Yoffe with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, led by ProMusica Music Director David Danzmayr. (Kosower is a frequent guest artist at Gluzman and Yoffe’s summer North Shore Chamber Music Festival.)
The following week, Kosower returns “home” to the Cleveland Orchestra (where he is principal cellist) to perform Ginastera’s Second Cello Concerto led by Gustavo Gimeno (newly announced as the Toronto Symphony’s incoming Music Director). Kosower is long associated with Alberto Ginastera’s music; he was the first cellist to record Ginastera’s complete solo cello works, as well as both cello concertos (recorded with the Bamberger Symphoniker) and worked extensively with Ginastera’s wife, the cellist Aurora Nátola-Ginastera.
“Kosower’s virtuosity was on almost relentless display. Time and again, one’s jaw dropped as the cellist, suavely bolstered by his partner (pianist Jee-Won Oh), exploited his instrument in ways almost beyond belief, to stunning and haunting effect.”
This month Kosower also joins the Canton Symphony for Dvořák’s Rondo for Cello and Orchestra, and Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 2 which he recently recorded for Naxos with JoAnn Falletta and the Ulster Orchestra. This engagement has an additional bit of resonance, as he will be performing alongside two of his Cleveland Institute of Music cello students who recently won positions in the orchestra!
“After studying it I realized how charming, lively, fresh, and youthful the concerto is as it utilizes the cello’s best registers and demonstrates its virtuosic capabilities.”