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Johannes Moser

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Johannes Moser press reviews

"[Moser plays with] robust, vital attack, brilliant technique and outsized passion." - Los Angeles Times

"German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser is young, gifted and intense...Moser is a major talent..." - St. Louis Dispatch

"There was no mistaking the star quality of [Moser]...Johannes Moser is a joy of a cellist..." - Seattle Times

"Johannes Moser is one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists." - Gramophone Magazine

"...heartbreakingly poetic..." - The Star-Ledger

"A player with real musical feeling, of true individuality." - The Strad

"Moser played with agile brilliance and vast expressive character." - The Plain Dealer

"Sunday's concert had a fabulous opener: the debut of German cellist Johannes Moser in Haydn's Cello Concerto in C major. Moser played with agile brilliance and vast expressive character. Let's have him back in Dvorak, Elgar or any number of cello blockbusters." -The Plain Dealer

"In the modern, acoustically warm Verbier Eglise (church), Ax and his young colleagues essayed a number of Mozart works, including Piano Sonata No. 9 and the Piano Quartet, K. 478, with violinist Leonidas Kavakos, violist David Carpenter and cellist Johannes Moser. If the names are unfamiliar, that will change in the coming years; exposing the stars of tomorrow is one of the festival director’s goals." -Musical America

"Gergiev had chosen to begin his survey with one of the most gruelling of the symphonies, the Eighth, and he paired it with a novelty: Shostakovich's arrangement of the Schumann Cello Concerto. The justification for tampering with the orchestration was that Schumann had been clinically depressed when he wrote the piece - an argument that could lead to half the repertoire being rewritten. Shostakovich's reworking adds colour, but in dark shades. Still, the subdued orchestral timbre meant that Johannes Moser's warmly played cello melodies rang out easily…and the glow of the full orchestral passages took one by surprise." - The Guardian

"A player with real musical feeling, of true individuality. His Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 electrified the entire hall." -The Strad

"It's hard to doubt the cellist's sincerity. He is an impassioned character -- as well as being charming, handsome and smart. But those things alone can't account for his success. Recalling their collaboration this season, [John] Williams spoke glowingly of Moser, first extolling his sound, intonation and rhythmic assurance and then offering even greater praise: 'The music itself is not the important thing for Johannes. The important thing is that he connects with the audience in a way that only great artists do.'" - David Mermelstein, LA Times Feature

"…his tone was about as beautiful as a cello's can be. Chen joined him next for Debussy's pristine Sonata and, after intermission, for Shostakovich's Sonata to end the short program. She is a bold pianist with an excellent sense of color."

"…a terrific performance on every level." - Mark Swed, LA Times Review

" The intensity and presence of Johannes Moser's playing exactly fit Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 Friday evening, as Moser made his Milwaukee Symphony debut." - Third Coast Digest