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Venezuela's Symphony Orchestra Hosts U.S. Cellist Mark Kosower

The Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (OSV) will host the cellist Mark Kosower of the Cleveland Orchestra for a special performance in Caracas this Friday. Kosower is considered a first-class musician of global stature. He will play under the baton of maestro Theodore Kuchar, the artistic director of the OSV, at a free concert on July 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Teresa Carreño Theater.

Kosower joined the Cleveland Orchestra as first cello in July 2010 after having been a soloist since 2006 in Germany’s Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Before that, he was a professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2005 to 2007. He is now part of the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

In addition to his teaching and orchestral career, Kosower has an active career as a soloist. He regularly performs as a guest soloist with orchestras in the United States and abroad, including the Paris Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and the Symphony Orchestra of Brazil. In the United States, Kosower has performed with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minnesota and Seattle.

Kosower has released two albums recently on the classical music label Naxos. The first was a series of conciertos for the cello by Alberto Ginastera with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Kosower is the first cellist to record the full catalogue by that composer. The second album is Rhapsodie by the Hungarian composer Miklós Rósza. Apart from his releases on Naxos, Kosower has also recorded for the labels Ambitus, Delos and VAI.

Kosower has appeared in the Great Performers series at the Lincoln Center in New York and at the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He has also played at the Aspen Music Festival and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and has accompanied the Julliard String Quartet and the Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society. He is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Born in Wisconsin, Kosower began studying cello at the age of one and a half with his father, who studied with Silberstein Erns, then the first cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. Kosower has a bachelor’s degree in arts from the University of Indiana, where he studied with Janos Starker, and a master’s degree in cello from Julliard, where he studied under Joel Krosnick.

The Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra, a pioneer of Venezuela’s symphony movement, invites the public in Caracas to enjoy the presence of this world renowned artist in a special concert this Friday. He will open the show with Verdi’s “Giovanna d’Arco” (Joan of Arc) and Dvorák’s Sixth Symphony in D Major.

Press Department – Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela / Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / July 11, 2012

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