Johannes Moser


Johannes Moser will be a featured soloist with the orchestra on Friday, July 21, 2023.

Johannes Moser is generously sponsored by the Spirit Burns Fund held at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.

"one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists"

Gramophone magazine

Hailed by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists,” German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Philharmonic at the Proms, London Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Tokyo NHK Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Cleveland Orchestra, with conductors of the highest level including Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Franz Welser- Möst, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez, Paavo Jarvi, Semyon Bychkov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Gustavo Dudamel.

His recordings include the concertos by Dvořák, Lalo, Elgar, Lutosławski, Dutilleux and Tchaikovsky, which have gained him the prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the Diapason d’Or. Of his Lutosławski and Dutilleux Cello Concertos, Gramophone commented, “Anyone coming afresh to these masterly works… should now investigate this new release ahead of all others.”

A dedicated chamber musician, Moser has performed with Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Jonathan Biss, James Ehnes, Vadim Gluzman, Leonidas Kavakos, Midori, Menahem Pressler, Andrej Korobeinikov, Gloria Campaner, and Yevgeny Sudbin. He is also a regular at festivals including the Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Gstaad, and Kissinger festivals, the Mehta Chamber Music Festival, and the Colorado, Seattle, and Brevard music festivals. 

Renowned for his efforts to expand the reach of the classical genre, as well as his passionate focus on new music, Moser has recently been heavily involved in commissioning works by Julia Wolfe, Ellen Reid, Thomas Agerfeld Olesen, Johannes Kalitzke, Jelena Firsowa, and Andrew Norman. In 2011, he premiered Magnetar for electric cello by Enrico Chapela with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and in the following season, he continued this relationship with the orchestra performing Michel van der Aa’s cello concerto Up-close. Throughout his career, Moser has been committed to reaching out to all audiences, from kindergarten to college and beyond. He combines most of his concert engagements with masterclasses, school visits, and pre-concert lectures. Moser holds a professorship at the prestigious Cologne Hochschule fuer Musik und Tanz.

Born into a musical family in 1979, Moser began studying the cello at the age of eight and became a student of Professor David Geringas in 1997. He was the top prize winner at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition and was additionally awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Rococo Variations. In 2014, he received the prestigious Brahms prize.

A voracious reader of everything from Kafka to Collins and an avid outdoorsman, Moser is also a keen hiker and mountain biker in what little spare time he has.

Moser plays on an Andrea Guarneri Cello from 1694 from a private collection.

Johannes Moser is generously sponsored by the Spirit Burns Fund held at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.