Daniel Müller-Schott ranks among the world's best cellists of his generation and can be heard on all of the foremost international concert stages. He has made his mark by delighting audiences for two decades "with his captivating and romantically elegiac cello tone" (Sueddeutsche Zeitung), "a fearless player with technique to burn" (New York Times). Thanks to his energetic interpretations and a winning personality, his concerts are memorable experiences.
Daniel Müller-Schott works with such leading international orchestras: in the US with the orchestras in New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia, in Europe the London Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonia, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Gewandhausorchestra Leipzig, the Radio Orchestras from Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Leipzig and Hamburg, the Orchestre National de Radio France, the Spanish National Orchestra as well as in Asia with Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan's National Symphony Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic. All over the world he has appeared in concert with such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Iván Fischer, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Jakub Hruša, Pietari Inkinen, Neeme Järvi, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Lorin Maazel, Jun Märkl, Kurt Masur, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Vasily Petrenko, André Previn, Michael Sanderling, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Krzysztof Urbanski.
In addition to performances of the great cello concertos, Daniel Müller-Schott has a special interest in discovering unknown works and extending the cello repertoire, e.g. with his own adaptations and through cooperation with composers. André Previn and Peter Ruzicka have both dedicated a cello concerto to him which he premiered under the composers' batons. The US premiere of Previn's Cello Concerto took place beginning of the year 2014. Sebastian Currier has composed a cello sonata for Daniel Müller-Schott. Olli Mustonen's Sonata for Cello and Piano was premiered by the performer and the composer in the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg.
The high points of the 2014/15 season included concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Yan Pascal Tortelier, with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra under Alan Buribayev, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Lionel Bringuier and with the Gulbenkian Orchestra under Paul McCreesh. Furthermore there is a reengagement with Taiwan's National Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard on the schedule. Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante Daniel Müller-Schott will perform both with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under Marc Albrecht and with the Gürzenich Orchester Köln under Dmitrij Kitajenko. To play chamber music, he will have trio concerts with Baiba Skride and Xavier de Maistre. In different European towns recitals with Simon Trpceski have also been agreed.
Daniel Müller-Schott is much in demand as a musical partner in Brahms' Double Concerto and as a trio partner with the celebrated violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. In October 2013 the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation awarded the Aida Stucki Prize to Daniel Müller-Schott. The prize was granted by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation to Daniel Müller-Schott as an acknowledgement of "his outstanding contribution to the cello repertoire." Already in 2000 the famous violinist invited him to perform his debut concert at New York's Carnegie Hall.
With an exceptional debut at the Berliner Philharmoniker Daniel Müller-Schott has succeeded the beginning of this year. Under the conducting of Alan Gilbert he performed Antonín Dvorák's Cello Concerto. The concert can be seen on the Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Daniel Müller-Schott is a regular guest at international festivals of music. These include the Proms in London, the Schubertiade, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Schwetzingen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, at the "Heidelberger Frühling" as well as at the Festival Vancouver and in the US at festivals for example in Tanglewood, Ravinia and Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Daniel Müller-Schott has a keen interest in awakening young people's enthusiasm for classical music. He is therefore supporting the "Rhapsody in School" project in an honorary capacity. In his master classes, through which he is invited to teach in Europe, the US, Asia and Australia, Daniel Müller-Schott demonstrates his consistent support for a new generation of musicians.
Since his childhood, Daniel Müller-Schott has felt a great love for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. For his first CD record he chose the Six Suites for Cello Solo for Bach's jubilee in 2000.
Daniel Müller-Schott has already built up a sizeable discography under the ORFEO, Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion, Pentatone and EMI Classics labels. His recordings have been enthusiastically received by both the public and the press and have also received numerous awards, including the Diapason d'Or, the Gramophone Editor's Choice, Strad Selection, and the BBC Music Magazine's "CD of the month". He has been awarded the Quarterly Prize of German Record Critics for his recordings of the Elgar and Walton Cello Concertos with Oslo Philharmonic under André Previn and for his CD of the Shostakovich Cello Concertos recorded with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra under Yakov Kreizberg. His recording of the entire Beethoven cycle with Angela Hewitt has been awarded five stars by the London Daily Telegraph. Britten's solo suites under the ORFEO label has been awarded the Diapason d'Or in France. On the occasion of Krzysztof Penderecki's 80th birthday Daniel Müller-Schott played the Concerto Grosso for three cellos and orchestra among others with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic under Charles Dutoit. The concert in the Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw was the tour high point in honour of the composer. The concert, which was live recorded, has been released on DVD this year.
On his current CD Dvorák The Cello Works Daniel Müller-Schott has recorded Antonin Dvorák's outstanding solo concerto here together with the NDR Sinfonieorchester under Michael Sanderling. The recording was awarded in France with the "Choc de Classica". At the beginning of 2015 the CD release with the sonatas from Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich will come out with the pianist Francesco Piemontesi.
Daniel Müller-Schott was born in Munich. He studied under Walter Nothas, Heinrich Schiff and Steven Isserlis and benefited early on from personal sponsorship by Anne-Sophie Mutter as the holder of a scholarship from her foundation. Through this support, Daniel Müller-Schott was taught privately by Mstislav Rostropovich for a year. In 1992, at the age of fifteen, he first caused a sensation internationally by winning the 1st Prize at the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.
Beside the music Daniel Mueller-Schott has also a considerable affinity for the fine arts, in particular for French paintings of the 19th century. During his travels he always visit the major museums, seeing the great masters in the original.
Daniel Müller-Schott plays the "Ex Shapiro" Matteo Goffriller cello, made in Venice in 1727.
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Avec Gergiev, Dutoit et Urbański
Orchestre symphonique national du Tatarstan