Franz Welser-Möst is one of the most important conductors of our time. The 2022/23 concert season will be his twenty-first as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra. With a partnership already agreed until 2027, he is well on his way to becoming the longest-serving principal conductor in the orchestra's history. The New York Times called Cleveland under Welser-Möst's direction "America's most brilliant orchestra" and praised its virtuosity, richness of colour and chamber-music interplay. Franz Welser-Möst also maintains close ties with the Vienna Philharmonic, which he regularly leads as a guest conductor. Recurring engagements take him to La Scala in Milan and he works consistently with such renowned orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam. First engagements took Welser-Möst, born in Linz in 1960, to Winterthur and London before he was at the helm of the Zurich Opera House for over a decade. From 2010 he was General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera for four years. In 2019, the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts awarded him the Gold Medal for his long-standing commitment to the international music scene. Other awards include the Distinguished Service Award, given to him by the Cleveland Orchestra for his social commitment and that in the field of education, as well as the honorary membership of the Vienna Philharmonic. In addition, he was made an honorary member of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. Many of his recordings have received major international awards.
As of August 2022