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Mark Kosower

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Mark Kosower joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal cello in 2010.  Described as “a virtuoso of staggering prowess” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, he is a consummate artist equally at home internationally as a recital and concerto soloist.  As an orchestral principal, he was formerly solo cellist of the Bamberg Symphony in Germany (2006-10).


Mr. Kosower maintains a very active solo career and has been guest soloist in current and recent seasons with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Canton Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Hawaii Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Toledo Symphony among many others in addition to annual solo appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra. He has performed as soloist with Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Andrew Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Ton Koopman, Nicholas McGegan, Franz Welser-Möst, and Bramwell Tovey. Past appearances include the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Florida, Grand Rapids, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Phoenix, Seattle, Syracuse, Virginia, the Ravinia Festival, San Jose’s Symphony Silicon Valley, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and recitals at the Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the National Gallery of Art and on the Great Performer's Series at Lincoln Center. Mr. Kosower has also toured extensively internationally including appearances as soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the China National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, the Thailand Philharmonic, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra Filarmonica de Minas Gerais in Brazil, and the Orquestra Sinfonica de Venezuela, as well as solo performances at the Chatelet in Paris, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro. Mark Kosower is a frequent guest at international chamber music festivals including the Santa Fe, the Eastern Music, the North Shore Chamber Music, the Pacific Music (of Japan), Breckenridge Music Festival, and Colorado's Strings Music festivals among others.He has recorded for the Ambitus, Delos, Naxos, and VAI labels


A dedicated teacher, Mr. Kosower is currently a member of the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival.  He also teaches a week of classes at California's Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley each summer and is serving as a visiting distinguished professor at the University of Oregon during the 2017-18 academic year.  He has given masterclasses around the world.  His previous posts include professor of cello and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2005- 07).Born in Wisconsin, Mark Kosower began studying cello at the age of one-and-a-half with his father who studied with Ernst Silberstein, principal cello of The Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. He later studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University and with Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School. Mr. Kosower’s many accolades include an Avery Fisher Career Grant, a Sony Grant, and as grand prize winner of the Irving M. Klein International String Competition.

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