Johannes Moser

Cello, Artist-in-Residence

Appears on: Beethoven’s Fifth

Johannes Moser last appeared with the Oregon Symphony on October 16, 2017, when he performed Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Concerto with conductor Baldur Brönnimann.

Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists,” German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, with conductors of the highest level including Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, and Gustavo Dudamel.

In 2017 Johannes won his third ECHO Klassik award as Instrumentalist of the Year for his Russian recital disk on the Pentatone label, for whom he records exclusively. His recordings include the concertos by Dvořák, Lalo, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky, which have gained him the prestigious German Record Critics’ Award and the Diapason d'Or. November 2018 saw the release of his most recent disc, featuring the Lutoslawski and Dutilleux concertos with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Thomas Søndergård.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season include Johannes’ debuts with the Vienna and Oslo philharmonic orchestras, the world premiere of Andrew Norman’s cello concerto with the San Francisco Symphony, and returns to orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony.

Throughout his career, Johannes has been committed to reaching out to all audiences, from kindergarten to college and beyond. He combines most of his concert engagements with masterclasses, school visits, and preconcert lectures.

Born into a musical family in 1979, Johannes began studying the cello at the age of eight and became a student of Professor David Geringas in 1997. He was the top prize winner at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, in addition to being awarded the special prize for his interpretation of the Rococo Variations.

A voracious reader of everything from Kafka to Collins, and an avid outdoorsman, Johannes is a keen hiker and mountain biker in what little spare time he has.

Johannes Moser plays on an Andrea Guarneri Cello from 1694 from a private collection.