Brahms said of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, “Why on earth didn’t I know that one could write a cello concerto like this? If I had only known, I would have written one long ago!” Daniel Mueller-Schott, one of the finest cellists in the world today, joins the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra to perform this brilliant masterpiece on February 26 – 28 at Bass performance Hall. Book-ending the concerto are two popular works based on literary hero Don Juan: Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527 and Strauss’ Don Juan, Op. 20. Liszt’s Les préludes will conclude the concerts on Saturday and Sunday. Giancarlo Guerrero, music director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, conducts.
The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Learn more about the music at Symphonic Insights, with host Principal Keyboardist Shields-Collins “Buddy” Bray one hour before each concert in the audience chamber.
Tickets are on sale now and range from $9 – $78. Buy tickets at http://www.fwsymphony.org or by phone at 817-665-6000.
Cellist Daniel Mueller-Schott has become known for his cool passion and sheer technical brilliance. He has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras including the BBC Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, NDR-Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Vancouver Symphony. His numerous festival appearances include those in Aspen, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Vail, Lucerne, Rheingau, Salzburg, and Schleswig-Holstein.
Upcoming and recent highlights include return engagements with the Boston and Philadelphia orchestras, a residency at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, and debuts with the Göteborg Symphony, London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Spanish National Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared in a special concert honoring the composers who perished at Theresienstadt in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in May.
Mueller-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, he lives in his hometown of Munich.
Giancarlo Guerrero’s 2009-10 season marks his first as music director of the Nashville Symphony. A champion of new music, Guerrero has collaborated with and conducted the music of several of America’s most respected composers, including John Adams, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty, and Roberto Sierra.
His guest conducting engagements this season include appearances with the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, New Jersey, Vancouver, and Edmonton as well as the Pacific Symphony, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and Slovenian Philharmonic. He recently debuted with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has also appeared with the orchestras of Baltimore, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Cleveland as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Equally at home with opera, Guerrero works regularly with the Costa Rican Lyric Opera and in recent seasons has conducted new productions of Carmen, La bohème, and Rigoletto. In 2008 he gave the Australian premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar at the Adelaide Festival to great acclaim.
In 2004 he was awarded the Helen M. Thompson Award by the League of American Orchestras, which recognizes outstanding achievement among young conductors nationwide. He holds degrees from Baylor and Northwestern universities.
Previous positions include music director of the Eugene Symphony, associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra — where he made his subscription debut leading the world premiere of John Corigliano’s Phantasmagoria on the Ghosts of Versailles — and music director of the Táchira Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.