CelloDaniel Müller-Schott
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„... one of the finest cellists before the public today.“

The Sunday Times
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Biography

With technical brilliance and authority, with intellect and emotional esprit, Daniel Müller-Schott has established himself on the world’s concert podiums as one of today’s foremost cellists.

Daniel Müller-Schott has recently appeared as guest soloist with Berlin Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert, New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit and the Munich Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel. He has also been a regular guest of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Radio Orchestras of Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Hamburg, and in the US with the orchestras in Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia. In Asia, he performs with NHK Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan and Seoul Philharmonic. He works with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Iván Fischer, Jakub Hrůša, Neeme Järvi, Jun Märkl, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Kurt Masur, Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko, André Previn, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Dima Slobodeniouk. Daniel Müller-Schott has premiered concertos dedicated to him by Sir André Previn and Peter Ruzicka.

Highlights of the 2015/16 season include Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Dmitry Kitajenko, Ton-halle Orchestra Zurich/Lionel Bringuier, Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Marc Elder and a tour to Germany, Poland and Spain with the National Washington Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach. In addition, he performs chamber concerts with, among others, the Quatuor Ebene, Igor Levit, Francesco Piemontesi, Lauma Skride, Baiba Skride and Alina Pogostkina. Daniel Müller-Schott also makes regular ap-pearances at many major music festivals, including the London BBC Proms, the Schubertiade, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Schwetzingen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Heidelberg Spring, and in the USA at festivals in Tanglewood, Ravinia and the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles.


 

His prolific discography, exclusively for Orfeo, this year saw a release with Francesco Piemontesi of Prokofiev, Britten and Shostakovich sonatas alongside Dvořák Cello Concerto with NDR Hamburg Symphony under Michael Sanderling and Britten Cello Symphony and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante with the radio orchestra of WDR Koln under Music Director Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

Recipient of the 2013 Aida Stucki Award conferred on him by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, Müller-Schott studied with Walter Nothas, Heinrich Schiff and Steven Isserlis and received early personal support from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Through this support Daniel Müller-Schott was awarded study time with the late Mstislav Rostropovich. Aged fifteen, Müller-Schott made an international sensation winning the first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in 1992 in Moscow.

Daniel Müller-Schott plays the “Ex Shapiro” Matteo Goffriller which was made in Venice in 1727.

SEASON 2015/2016

Quotes

“Daniel Muller-Schott played Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor, Opus 129 with a wonderfully youthful bloom to the sound and superb instrumental mastery. [...] Muller-Schott's approach reaffirmed its cogency with a poised sense of line and immaculate tonal projection.”

Sydney Morning Herald, Peter McCallum, 10.09.15

“Müller-Schott proceeded to give us some rapt and eloquent playing and immaculately crafted phrases. [...] did a brilliant job bringing out the rasping ferocity of the scherzo while maintaining beauty of tone. [...] played the meditative Largo with an unblemished beauty of tone and succeeded in achieving an epic tragic grandeur.”

Seen and Heard International, Robert Beattie, 18.11.14

“He is a songbird, with wonderfully sensitive vibrato, pacing and tone.”

South China Morning Post, Alexis Alrich, 27.06.14

“On Monday the German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott joined the Budapest Festival Orchestra in a soulful performance of the Cello Concerto that was particularly memorable for his sensitive playing and refined sound in the quiet passages. There was magic in the interplay between soloist and individual orchestra voices, and in Mr. Müller-Schott’s hushed, almost lifeless penultimate note that grew into the soaring, jubilant conclusion.”

New York Times, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, 03.06.14

“He is heroically standing in at short notice for indisposed Truls Mørk, and will take the stage to play the Dvorak Cello Concerto in all its perfect Beauty.”

Berliner Morgenpost, Felix Stephan, 01.02.14

“Müller-Schott seemed to find just the right sound quality with the eerie whispered harmonics of the opening while the subsequent fugal writing was exceptionally clear, and the intensity of the movement was allowed to build in an incremental way.”

Seen and Heard International, Robert Beattie, 03.03.14

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Discography

Dvořák: The Cello worksDaniel Müller-Schott plays Dvořák: Cello Concerto, Rondo, Silent Woods and othersApr. 2014, Orfeo International Music, CD, Available on: Amazon
The Cello SymphoniesDaniel Müller-Schott plays the Cello Symphonies by Prokofiev and BrittenOct. 2012, ORFEO, CD, Available on: Amazon
The Cello SuitesDaniel Müller-Schott playes works for Cello by Benjamin Britten: No. 1 G-Major op.72, No. 2 D-Major op.80, No. 3 C-Major op. 87May. 2011, Orfeo, CD, Available on: Amazon
Works for Cello and PianoWorks for cello & piano by Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Sonata for Cello & Piano No.1&2, Variations concertantes D-Major op.17, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges op.34 No.2, Schilflied op.71 No.4Jun. 2010, Orfeo, CD, Available on: Amazon
Schumann - Strauss - Volkmann - BruchDaniel Müller-Schott plays works of Schumann (Celloconcerto), Strauss (Romance F-Major), Volkmann (Celloconcerto) & Bruch (Kol Nidrei) with the NDR-SymphonyorchestraSep. 2009, Orfeo, CD, Available on: Amazon
Cello concertos by ShostakovichDaniel Müller-Schott plays the cello concertos No 1 and No 2 by Shostakovich with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yakov KreizbergMay. 2008, Orfeo, CD, Available on: Amazon
Haydn & BeethovenDaniel Müller-Schott plays both cello concertos by Haydn and Beethoven's violin romances with the Australian Chamber OrchestraJun. 2003, Orfeo, CD, Available on: Amazon