Cellist Mark Kosower kicked off 2016 with a series of orchestral dates, performing the Brahms Double Concerto with Franz Welser-Moest and the Cleveland Orchestra as part of their winter residency at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, and the Victor Herbert Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Dayton Philharmonic.
This month, Kosower performed Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote with Andrey Boreyko and the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major with Robert Moody and the Columbus Symphony.
“Kosower delivered the initial cadenza with a large, warmly colored tone…Throughout the concerto, both players displayed their wide experience as chamber players, phrasing spaciously in perfect unison.” – South Florida Classical Review, Jan. 30, 2016
“Mark Kosower’s cello sang out with an exceptionally resonant tone in his opening solo…The music’s charm emerged unfailingly.” – The Classical Source, Jan. 29, 2016
“Kosower’s cello work was largely quite splendid, his well centered tone underlay an occasionally nervous vibrato which, in fact, helped reveal the Don’s demented character.” – Nuvo, March 14, 2016
“Kosower’s nearly imperceptible entrance blossomed in its own time into an aria-like melody with tasteful nuances of time and color…With astonishing technical assurance, Kosower beamed through the quicksilver passagework of Haydn’s finale.” – The Columbus Dispatch, March 19, 2016
Looking forward, Kosower offers a recital tour with his wife and duo partner, pianist Jee-Won Oh, February 13-March 5, 2017 with a program featuring Chopin, Ginastera and short virtuosic works by Popper, Debussy, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Kodaly and de Falla. (Contact us to learn more.)
And in April of 2016, Naxos will release Kosower’s latest recording, the two Victor Herbert Cello Concertos with JoAnn Falletta and the Ulster Orchestra.
Learn more about the recording on the Naxos site, and watch a beautiful video from the recording session, below.