JOHANNES MOESUS

Johannes Moesus Johannes Moesus has gained widespread acclaim as a specialist in the 18th- and 19th-centuries and a musical explorer with a fondness for classical composers, whether well-known or unknown. In his thrilling concerts this highly sensitive conductor demonstrates a solid sense of style in the classical-romantic and modernist repertoires. Works of different eras are combined in carefully conceived programs with exciting musical messages. Interested in musical communication since the early 1990s, he has also achieved signal success as a speaker at his own lecture-concerts.

After studying with Karl Österreicher and Franco Ferrara at the universities of music in Hanover, Frankfurt, und Vienna, Moesus launched his career in Frankfurt and Stuttgart, receiving advice and support from Lorin Maazel, Michael Gielen, and Sir Roger Norrington. He has worked with leading orchestras in Germany and abroad, such as the Southwest German RSO in Stuttgart, the Bavarian RSO, the Southwest German RSO in Kaiserslautern, the Bern SO, the Spanish National Orchestra (Madrid), the Hungarian National Philharmic (Budapest), and many chamber orchestras, including those of Zurich and Stuttgart, the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. He has been a visiting conductor of the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra, the Palatinate Chamber Orchestra, the Göttingen SO, the Württemberg Philharmonic in Reutlingen (with which he made guest appearances at the Toblach Mahler Festival and elsewhere), the Northwest German Philharmonic (Herford), the North German Philharmonic (Rostock) and the Hamburg Symphony: he concertizes with soloists of the stature of Christoph Eß, Pirmin Grehl, Maximilian Hornung, Jens-Peter Maintz, Sebastian Manz, Wolfgang Meyer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Gaby Pas-Van Riet, Linus Roth, Ingolf Turban, and Radovan Vlatkovič.

Moesus’s wide-ranging and colorful repertoire is reflected in his constantly expanding list of recordings. His readings of works by Rosetti, Mozart, Graf, Haydn, Vanhal, Witt, von Winter, Woelfl, Hoffmeister, Goepfert, Kalliwoda, Rossini, and Reinecke (including many world première recordings) have appeared on the cpo, MDG, Ars, Arte Nova, Orfeo, and Tacet labels. Besides a longstanding commitment to Antonio Rosetti, his regular recording activities for cpo have been increasingly devoted to unknown works from the late classical and high romantic periods.

Moesus works on a regular basis with domestic and foreign broadcasting corporations. His concerts have been produced, recorded, and broadcast live on Bavarian Radio, Central German Radio, North German Radio, Southwest German Radio, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Deutschlandfunk/Deutsche Welle, Swiss Radio, and Czech Radio.

Since 1997 Moesus has been president of the International Rosetti Society (www.rosetti.de). He also champions the rediscovery of this composer as artistic director of the Ries Rosetti Festival, which he founded in 2000. Since 2006 he has headed the annual Ludwigslust Classics chapter of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. At the beginning of 2012 he became principal conductor of the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra in Bad Brückenau (www.kammerorchester.de).

Translated by J. Bradford Robinson