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Franz Welser-Möst

Franz Welser-Möst, conductor, music director. Named Conductor of Year, Musical America International Directory Performing Arts, 2003; named an Academician, Yutse European Academy Foundation, 2006; recipient Outstanding Achievement award, Western Law Center Disability Rights, 1995, Silver medal, Region of Upper Austria, 2003. Member of Vienna Singverein (honorary).

Background

  • Welser-Möst, Franz was born on August 16, 1960 in Linz, Austria.

  • Education

    • Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Case Western Reserve University, 2003; Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Oberlin College; Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Cleveland Institute Music.

    Career

    • Chief conductor Sinfonieorkester Norrköping, Sweden, 1986-1991, Stadtorchester Winterthur, Switzerland, 1987-1990. Principal conductor London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1990—1996. Music director Zurich Opera House, Switzerland, 1995—2000, principal conductor, 2002—2005, general music director, 2005—2008.

      Music director Cleveland Orchestra, since 2002. Guest conductor Berlin Philharmonic, Cleveland Youth Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

    Works

    • Conducting debut Salzburg Festival, Austria, 1985. American debut St. Louis, 1989. Appearances include Vienna biennial, Lucerne Festical, Carnegie Hall.

    Membership

    Member of Vienna Singverein (honorary).
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    Born August 16, 1960
    (age 55)
    Nationality
    • 2003
      Case Western Reserve University
    • 1986 - 1991
      Chief conductor Sinfonieorkester Norrk+
      Sweden
    • 1987 - 1990
      Chief conductor Sinfonieorkester Norrk+
      Switzerland
    • 1990 - 1996
      principal conductor London Philharmonic Orchestra
    • 1995
      music director, Zurich Opera House
      Switzerland
    • 2002 - 2005
      music director, Zurich Opera House
    • 2002
      music director, Cleveland Orchestra
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