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Daniel Müller-Schott

About this Artist

One of the finest cellists in the world today, DANIEL MÜLLER-SCHOTT electrifies audiences everywhere with his cool passion and sheer technical brilliance. Often cited for insightful and imaginative interpretations of the standard repertoire, he is also deeply committed to and fluent in the music of our time.

Müller-Schott has appeared with the BBC Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the NDR-Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, the New Japan Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Vancouver Symphony, and the Wiener Symphoniker. His numerous festival appearances include Aspen, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Vail, Lucerne, Rheingau, Salzburg, and Schleswig-Holstein. Among the renowned conductors with whom he has collaborated are Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Gielen, Alan Gilbert, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Yakov Kreizberg, Andrew Litton, Kurt Masur, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, and Sir André Previn.

Upcoming highlights include a return engagement with the Boston Symphony under Bernard Haitink at Tanglewood, a return engagement with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, a residency at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, and debuts with the Gothenburg Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Spanish National Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Baltimore Symphony. He will also appear in a special concert in May 2009 at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, honoring the composers who perished at Theresienstadt.

An active recitalist and chamber musician, Daniel Müller-Schott will play numerous recitals in 2008 with Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt. Cities in which they will appear include Stuttgart, Copenhagen, London, Vancouver, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York (Lincoln Center. Among Müller-Schott’s chamber-music partners are Sir André Previn, Renaud Capuçon, Julia Fischer, Robert Kulek, Olli Mustonen, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Christian Tetzlaff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lars Vogt, and the Vogler Quartet.

Because of his life-long devotion to the music of J.S. Bach, Müller-Schott chose the six solo cello suites for his first recording (Glissando Records). Since then, he has created a comprehensive discography on Orfeo, Deutsche Grammophon, Pentatone, and EMI Classics. His recordings have won several awards, including Gramophone’s “Editor’s Choice,” The Strad “Selection,” and the Vierteljahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. A new CD of the Shostakovich Cello Concertos, with the orchestra of the Bayerischer Rundfunk under Yakov Kreizberg, was released on Orfeo in May 2008.

Müller-Schott studied under Walter Nothas, Heinrich Schiff, and Steven Isserlis. At the age of 15, he received worldwide acclaim by taking first prize at Moscow’s International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. More recently, he has benefited from the personal sponsorship and support of Anne-Sophie Mutter as the holder of a scholarship from her foundation.

Born in 1976, Daniel Müller-Schott lives in his hometown of Munich. He plays the Saphir ex-Shapiro Matteo Goffriller cello made in Venice in 1727.