Described as “an extraordinary talent” by the legendary cellist and teacher Janos Starker, Mark Kosower became principal cello of The Cleveland Orchestra in July 2010 and subsequently joined the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He previously served as solo cellist (a position equivalent to the American title of principal cello) of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany (2006-10) and was professor of cello and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2005-07). He has also given masterclasses around the world and, at the invitations of Christoph von Dohnanyi and Myung-Whun Chung, performed as guest principal cello.
In addition to his orchestral career and teaching activities, Mark Kosower continues an active career as a soloist. Highlights of recent seasons included his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, as well as appearances with the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, at Eastern Music Festival and regular appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra. In past seasons, he has appeared internationally with the Orchestre de Paris, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Beijing’s China National Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, among others. In the United States, his appearances as a soloist have included engagements with the orchestras of Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Ravinia, St. Paul, and Seattle.
An active advocate of 20th- and 21st-century music, Mark Kosower has brought lesser-known contemporary masterworks to international attention in recent years, demonstrated by two recent albums on the Naxos label, the first featuring the complete cello concertos of Alberto Ginastera with the Bamberg Symphony (making Kosower the first cellist to record the complete catalog of works for solo cello by this composer) and a second album with the world premiere recording of Miklós Rózsa’s Rhapsodie for solo cello and orchestra. Kosower also recently recorded works by Reger, Strauss, and Eberhard Klemmstein with pianist Jee-Won Oh for the Ambitus label, and has also recorded for Delos and VAI.
As a recitalist, Mark Kosower has appeared on the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, at the Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the National Gallery in Washington D.C. He has also performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Juilliard String Quartet.
Born in Wisconsin, Mr. Kosower began studying cello at the age of one-and- a-half with his father, who studied with former Cleveland Orchestra principal cello Ernst Silberstein. He holds a bachelor’s degree and artist diploma in cello performance from Indiana University, where he studied with Janos Starker, and a master’s degree and artist diploma in cello performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Joel Krosnick. Mr. Kosower’s many accolades include an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and being a top prize winner in both the Rostropovich and Pablo Casals International Cello Competitions.
JEE-WON OH, PIANO
Born in Seoul, Korea, Jee-Won Oh has performed internationally as soloist and chamber musician, having performed in Austria, France, Germany, Switzlerland, the Far East, South America, and throughout the United States. Her concert schedules has taken her to musical centers worldwide including solo and chamber music performances at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Salzburg Mozarteum, Belgrade Philharmonic Hall, the Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, and at Kumho Art Hall in Seoul.
In the United States Ms. Oh has appeared on the Great Performer’s Series at Lincoln Center, on Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series, at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, at Merkin Hall, at Barge Music, at the National Gallery of Art, and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has performed in the cities of Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, St. Paul, and Washington DC. Ms. Oh has also appeared in numerous music festivals including the Ernen Musikdorf in Switzerland, the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, the Park City International Music Festival, the Sitka Music Festival, and the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival.
Ms. Oh regularly collaborates with cellist Mark Kosower and has appeared in concert with him worldwide. Recent season highlights include a Netherlands debut at the de Doelen in Rotterdam, return engagements at Kumho Art Hall and in Coral Gables, Florida as well as performances for the Cleveland Cello Society and in Nuremberg, Erlangen, and Würzburg, Germany. In 2012 they recorded works by Richard Strauss, Max Reger, and Eberhard Klemmstein in Germany for the Ambitus label. The duo has also recorded two albums for Naxos International including the complete works of Alberto Ginastera for cello and piano and a recording of Hungarian music.
Ms. Oh was the studio pianist and assistant to the famed cellist Janos Starker for five years and was an Associate Instructor of Piano at Indiana University from 1994-98. She also received her Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University where she studied with György Sebök and Shigeo Neriki. Ms. Oh received her Bachelors Degree from Han Yang University in Seoul where she was the recipient of a Young Chang Piano Foundation scholarship.
WILLIAM PREUCIL, VIOLIN
William Preucil became concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra in April 1995 and has appeared regularly as a soloist with the Orchestra in concerto performances at both Severance Hall and the annual Blossom Festival.
Prior to joining The Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Preucil served for seven seasons as first violinist of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet, performing more than 100 concerts each year in the world’s major music capitals. Telarc International recorded the Cleveland Quartet performing the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 17 string quartets, as well as a variety of chamber works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms.
From 1982 to 1989, William Preucil served as concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, after previously holding the same position with the orchestras of Utah and Nashville. During his tenure in Atlanta, he appeared with the Atlanta Symphony as soloist in 70 performances of 15 different concertos. Composer Stephen Paulus’s Violin Concerto was written for, and dedicated to, Mr. Preucil, who premiered it and then recorded it for New World Records with the Atlanta Symphony and conductor Robert Shaw. Mr. Preucil also has made solo appearances with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Hong Kong, Minnesota, Rochester, and Taipei.
Mr. Preucil regularly performs chamber music, as a guest soloist with other orchestras, and at summer music festivals. His North American festival performances have included Santa Fe, Sarasota, Seattle, and Sitka, with international appearances in France, Germany, and Switzerland. Each summer, he serves as concertmaster and violin soloist with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego. Mr. Preucil also continues to perform as a member of the Lanier Trio, whose recording of the complete Dvo?ák piano trios was honored as one of Time magazine’s top 10 compact discs for 1993. The Lanier Trio also has recorded the trios of Mendelssohn and Paulus for Gasparo Records.
Actively involved as an educator, Mr. Preucil serves as Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music and at Furman University. He previously taught at the Eastman School of Music and at the University of Georgia.
William Preucil began studying violin at the age of five with his mother, Doris Preucil, a pioneer in Suzuki violin instruction in the United States. At 16, he graduated with honors from the Interlochen Arts Academy and entered Indiana University to study with Josef Gingold (former concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra). He was awarded a performer’s certificate at Indiana University and also studied with Zino Francescatti and György Sebök.