The Cleveland Orchestra has announced the appointment of MARK KOSOWER as principal cello, effective with the beginning of the orchestra’s 2010 Blossom Festival. In his new post he will occupy the Louis D. Beaumont Endowed Chair. He is currently solo cellist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany, and has appeared with numerous U.S. orchestras including those of Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Phoenix, Saint Paul, and Seattle, as well as with orchestras in Paris, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa, and Brazil. Kosower has also performed internationally as a recitalist and chamber musician. He was top prize winner in the Pablo Casals Competition (2000) and the Rostropovich Competition (2001), and was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2002. A native of Wisconsin, Kosower holds a bachelor’s degree in cello performance from Indiana University, a master’s from The Juilliard School, and an artist diploma from both institutions.
Mark Kosower photo by Hyun Kang
Posted December 11, 2009