Franz Welser-Möst

Biography

Born: August 16, 1960; Linz, Austria  
Franz Welser-Möst first made a splash in the classical music scene while still in his twenties. After conducting a number of European youth orchestras, Welser-Möst gained favorable attention and worldwide notice as a conductor with the London Philharmonic (1986), which he led during a successful European tour. From that point, he found himself in constant demand as a guest conductor; among the more notable of his engagements were his Read more operatic debut (conducting Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri at the Vienna State Opera in 1987) and his American debut (conducting the St. Louis Symphony in 1989).

Welser-Möst's first important permanent position was director of the London Philharmonic, a post he assumed in 1990; in 1995 he became music director of the Zürich Opera. In 1999, Welser-Möst received the most lucrative and prestigious appointment of his career to date: directorship of the Cleveland Orchestra (beginning in 2002), replacing the departing Christoph von Dohnányi. He also became General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera in September 2010.

Welser-Möst boasts an extensive discography, which is highlighted by notable recordings of Bruckner, Stravinsky, and Franz Schmidt; his recording of Schmidt's Symphony No. 4 and Variations on a Hussar's Song won the Gramophone Orchestral Award in 1996. Read less
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    Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie / Welser-Most, Bavarian Radio SO
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900124 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 2.
    J. Strauss Jr.: Operettas / Boskovsky, Welser-Most
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 8466429 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Elizabeth Magnuson,  Martina Jankova,  Michael Volle,  Alexander Pereira  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst,  Franz Allers,  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Zurich Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    The Verdi Opera Selection - Shakeseare [3-DVD Set]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107534 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Cesare Lana,  Antonello Ceron,  Rossana Rinaldi,  Barbara Frittoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Franz Welser-Möst,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Zurich Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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    Wagner: Die Walkure (Act 1) / Welser-most, Stemme, Botha, Anger
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 875131 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Nina Stemme,  Johan Botha,  Ain Anger,  Juha Uusitalo
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphony no 4 / Welser-Most, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101682 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphony no 4 / Welser-Most, Cleveland Orchestra [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108078 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 7.
    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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    New Year's Concert 2013 / Franz Welser-most, Vienna Philharmonic [blu-ray]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544222 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz von Suppé,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    New Year's Concert 2013 / Franz Welser-Most, Vienna Philharmonic [DVD]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544073 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz von Suppé,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphonie No  7 / Welser-most, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 868121 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
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    Essential Choral
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234422 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Heather Harper,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Robert Tear,  Peter Barley  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir David Willcocks,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
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    New Year's Concert 2013 / Franz Welser-Most, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 2103618 Release Date: 01/04/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz von Suppé,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande / Gilfry, Rey, Welser-Most
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107285 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Cornelia Kallisch,  Isabel Rey,  Rodney Gilfry,  László Polgár  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Chorus
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    Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande / Gilfry, Rey, Welser-Most [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108050 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Cornelia Kallisch,  Isabel Rey,  Rodney Gilfry,  László Polgár  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Chorus
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    Strauss: Arabella / Magee, Kuhmeier, Bankl, Welser-most
    Label: Epc Distribution   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Zoryana Kushpler,  Wolfgang Bankl,  Genia Kühmeier,  Tomasz Konieczny  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Strauss: Arabella / Magee, Kuhmeier, Welser-most [blu-ray]
    Label: Epc Distribution   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Michael Schade,  Emily Magee,  Tomasz Konieczny,  Genia Kühmeier  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 17.
    The Best Classical Hits Ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 04103 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Sergei Prokofiev,  George Frideric Handel,  Gregorio Allegri  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Matthias Eisenberg,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Stephen Layton  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Classical Players
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    Part: Sanctuary
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 5453382 Release Date: 08/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Guy Johnston,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  Tonu Kaljuste,  Martin Roscoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Studt,  Stephen Cleobury,  Franz Welser-Möst,  Tönu Kaljuste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Bruckner: Symphony no 8 / Welser-Most, Cleveland Orchestra [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108069 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Classics For Your Wedding
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 623247 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Johann Pachelbel,  César Franck,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  David [Pipe Organ] Briggs,  Katia Labčque,  Marielle Labčque  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Andrew Parrott,  Stephen Cleobury,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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    Classical 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Georges Bizet,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Francesco Cilča  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Antonio Pappano,  Marco Armiliato,  Daniele Callegari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini
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  • 22.
    Orff: Carmina Burana
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 02306 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Jeffrey Black,  Michael Chance,  Barbara Hendricks
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Alban's Abbey Church Choir,  London Philharmonic Choir
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    Time Traveller - Weimar Germany
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 79015 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Kurt Weill,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Robyn Archer,  Lars Vogt,  Barbara Hendricks
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Dominic Muldowney,  Otto Klemperer,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
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  • 24.
    Best Of Operetta - La Belle Helčne, Die Fledermaus, Die Lustige Witwe
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107509 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  François Le Roux,  Felicity Lott,  Michel Sénéchal,  Yann Beuron  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Bruckner: Symphony no 7 / Welser-Most [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108033 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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