JOHANNES MOESUS

Johannes Moesus has acquired widespread recognition as a specialist in the 18th- and 19th-century symphony and as a musical explorer with a penchant for familiar and unknown composers of the Classical period. A highly sensitive conductor, his exhilarating concerts bear witness to a firm stylistic grasp of the classical-romantic repertoire and modern music. His judiciously compiled programmes unite works from diverse stylistic epochs to convey exciting musical messages. Since the early 1990s he has been actively involved in music appreciation, achieving great success as a moderator of his own concerts with integrated introductions to the works performed.

After studying with Karl Österreicher and Franco Ferrara at the universities of music in Hanover, Frankfurt and Vienna, Johannes Moesus launched his career in Frankfurt and Stuttgart, receiving important guidance from Lorin Maazel, Michael Gielen and Sir Roger Norrington. He worked with such major national and international orchestras as the Stuttgart RSO, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Southwest German Radio Orchestra in Kaiserslautern, the Berne SO, the Spanish National Orchestra (Madrid), the Hungarian National Philharmonic (Budapest) and many chamber orchestras, including those of Zurich, Stuttgart and Lausanne. In his guest appearances with the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Palatinate, the Göttingen SO, the North German Philharmonic (Rostock), the Württemberg Philharmonic of Reutlingen (with guest performances at the Gustav Mahler Festival in Toblach), the Northwest German Philharmonic (Herford) and the Hamburg Symphony, he has performed with soloists of the calibre of Hanno Dönneweg, Christoph Ess, Maria Graf, Pirmin Grehl, Maximilian Hornung, Kolja Lessing, Jens-Peter Maintz, Sebastian Manz, Albrecht Mayer, Wolfgang Meyer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Sergej Nakariakov, Gaby Pas-Van Riet, Giuseppe Porgo, Ingolf Turban and Radovan Vlatkovič. Since 2006 his ‘Ludwigslust Classical Music’ series at the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Festival has brought him together on a regular basis with the North German Radio Chorus and the Mecklenburg Baroque Orchestra. His wide-ranging and colourful repertoire is reflected in a steadily growing discography: works by Rosetti, Mozart, Haydn, Hertel, Graf, Pleyel, Vanhal, Witt, von Winter, Woelfl, Hoffmeister, Goepfert, Cavallini, Kalliwoda, Rossini and Reinecke (including many première recordings) can be heard under his baton on the cpo, MDG, Ars, Arte Nova, Orfeo and Tacet labels. His regular recording activities for cpo have been devoted not only to his longstanding commitment to Antonio Rosetti but increasingly to unknown works of early and high Romanticism. He collaborates on a regular basis with broadcasting companies both in Germany and abroad. His concerts have been produced, recorded and/or broadcast live on Bavarian Radio, Central German Radio, North German Radio, Southwest German Radio, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Deutschlandfunk/ Deutsche Welle, Swiss Radio, Czech Radio and Bavarian TV.

Since 1997 Johannes Moesus has been the president of the International Rosetti Society and has actively furthered the rediscovery of this composer as artistic director of the Ries Rosetti Festival, which he founded in 2000. Since early 2012 he has been the principal conductor of the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra, based in Bad Brückenau.

(www.johannes-moesus.de)

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