Franz Welser-Möst is one of the most distinguished conductors of our day. He has been music director of the Cleveland Orchestra since 2002. From 2010 to 2014 he was music director of the Vienna State Opera. In addition to cultivating the repertoire, he conducted a number of 20th-century works including Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová, From the House of the Dead and The Cunning Little Vixen and Hindemith’s Cardillac. In Vienna and Cleveland he has focussed on the operas of Richard Strauss and conducted Salome, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos and Arabella.
Franz Welser-Möst appears regularly at the Salzburg Festival. After triumphant successes with Rusalka, Der Rosenkavalier and Fidelio, he conducted Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae in 2016. As a guest conductor he has developed a particularly close relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic, which was recognized in 2014 when he was presented the orchestra’s Ring of Honour. He has twice appeared on the podium at the New Year’s Concert and conducts the orchestra regularly in subscription concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna, in Lucerne, at the BBC Proms and on tour in Japan, Scandinavia and the USA.
Franz Welser-Möst has received many honours and awards. His numerous recordings have been awarded international prizes. He has already conducted several concerts at the Salzburg Easter Festival.