DANIEL MÜLLER-SCHOTT – Featured guest artist in tonight’s All Tchaikovsky concert at Davies Symphony Hall

Conductor Michael Francis returns to lead the San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Intensity, passion, longing, beauty and drama are key descriptives in the music of the immortal Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Listeners will be treated to all these and more in tonight’s showcase which begins with the heart-wrenching Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture.  The elegant Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, featuring cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, reveals a less flamboyant side of the composer. The evening concludes with his Symphony No. 4, a gutsy and forceful work that many believe reveals the depth of his internal torment.
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MICHAEL FRANCIS is considered to be one of the brightest young conducting talents of our time. He was first recognized as such in 2006 when, in an emergency and while on tour, he stepped out of the bass section of the London Symphony Orchestra and into a rehearsal of the Symphony No. 4 by Shostakovich. The future for his conducting talent was cemented by three successive emergency substitutions. In 2007, with 12 hours notice, he replaced Valery Gergiev for the BBC’s Gubaidulina Festival at the Barbican; one month later and on two hours notice to replace John Adams in a performance of his own works with the LSO at the Philharmonie Luxembourg; and in January 2009, when he was asked to replace André Previn. The request to have two distinct programs ready in six days for four concerts in three cities, beginning on January 7th, with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Stuttgart Radio Symphony came in on New Year’s Eve. The programs included Sofia Gubaidulina’s Violin Concerto In Tempus Praesens; Andre Previn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Double Bass with Roman Patkoló; and Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler. As a result of his success and the great critical praise which followed, the SRSO immediately engaged Michael to conduct concerts in June 2009 and March 2010. In April 2010 Michael joined forces with Anne-Sophie Mutter, conducting a series of concerts in Tokyo and Taiwan, and in November 2010 he will make his debut with the New York Philharmonic for the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s newest piece for violin and orchestra, Lichtes Spiel, with Anne-Sophie Mutter.


DANIEL MÜLLER-SCHOTT, one of the finest cellists in the world today, is electrifying audiences everywhere with his cool passion and sheer technical brilliance.  Often cited for insightful and imaginative interpretations of the standard repertoire, he is also deeply committed to and fluent in the music of our time.

In North America, Mr. Müller-Schott has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony, Boston Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic (Hollywood Bowl), Minnesota Orchestra, New World Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and the Vancouver Symphony. Upcoming debuts include the symphonies of Fort Worth, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Phoenix, Seattle, and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C.

Because of his life-long devotion to the music of J.S. Bach, Daniel Müller-Schott chose the six solo cello suites for his first recording (Glissando Records).  Since then, he has created a comprehensive discography on Orfeo, Deutsche Grammophon, Pentatone and EMI Classics.  His recordings have won several awards, including the Gramophon “Editor’s Choice,” the Strad “Selection” and the Vierteljahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.  A CD of the Shostakovich cello concertos was released on Orfeo in the summer of 2008 to great acclaim with the orchestra of the Bayerischer Rundfunk under Yakov Kreizberg. Also on Orfeo, a new disc of the cello concertos of Schumann and Volkmann, recorded with the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg under Christoph Eschenbach, will be released in the autumn of 2009.

Mr. Müller-Schott studied under Walter Nothas, Heinrich Schiff and Steven Isserlis. At the age of fifteen, he received worldwide acclaim by taking first prize at Moscow’s International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. More recently, he has benefited from the personal sponsorship and support of Anne-Sophie Mutter as the holder of a scholarship from her foundation. 

Born in 1976, Daniel Müller-Schott lives in his hometown of Munich.  He plays the Saphir ex-Shapiro Matteo Goffriller cello made in Venice in 1727.



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