Daniel Müller-Schott
Photo Credit: Uwe Arens
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“The high point, no doubt, was Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, as performed by German cellist Daniel Muller-Schott, in his Cleveland Orchestra debut… Rarely does an artist captivate so quickly… Let’s just hope the pause between this and his next appearance isn’t long.”


The Cleveland Orchestra






One of the finest cellists in the world today, Daniel Müller-Schott electrifies audiences everywhere with his perfectly integrated technical brilliance, intellect and exhilarating passion.  Often cited for his imaginative interpretations of the standard repertoire, he is also deeply committed to and fluent in the music of our time.  Sir André Previn and Peter Ruzicka have both dedicated cello concertos to him. In October 2013, Mr. Müller-Schott was awarded the Aida Stucki Prize from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. The prize was granted by the foundation as an acknowledgement of “his outstanding contribution to the cello repertoire.”


In addition to his recent sensational debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, Mr. Müller-Schott will make return appearances with both the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the autumn of 2013.  Other upcoming U.S. highlights include the North American premiere of André Previn’s new cello concerto (written for Mr. Müller-Schott) with the New Jersey Symphony in January 2014 and a recital tour with pianist Simon Trpceski in April 2014. Previous engagements include the symphonies of Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, National (Washington, D.C.), North Carolina, Oregon, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Utah and Vancouver, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic (at the Hollywood Bowl), Minnesota Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.  


Mr. Müller-Schott has appeared worldwide with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, BBC Symphony at the London Proms, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, Bilbao Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, the Danish Radio Symphony, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester/Berlin, the Gewandhausorchester/Leipzig, Hamburg Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Spanish National Orchestra. He has also appeared with the radio orchestras of Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart, as well as regular performances with the NHK Symphony/Japan, National Symphony Orchestra/Taiwan and the Seoul Philharmonic.


During the 2013/2014 season, Daniel Müller-Schott will appear worldwide with the the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria, Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais/Brazil, the Taipei Symphony and the Budapest Festival Orchestra


Mr. Müller-Schott has long been a favorite at worldwide festivals. Appearances include Aspen, Blossom, Chamber Music Vancouver, Ravinia, Sarasota, Tanglewood, Bravo! Vail Valley, as well as City of London, Lucerne, Rheingau, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Schwetzingen, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.  Among the renowned conductors with whom he has collaborated are Vladimir Ashkenazy, Thomas Dausgaard, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Ivan Fischer, Michael Gielen, Alan Gilbert, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Bernard Haitink, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Christoph König, Sir Neville Marriner, Jun Märkl, Kurt Masur, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko, Sir André Previn, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Krzysztof Urbanski.


An enthusiastic recitalist, Daniel Müller-Schott appears regularly in many of the world’s great venues, among them the Munich Philharmonie, Salzburg Mozarteum, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vancouver Recital Society and the Zurich Tonhalle.  Also an avid chamber musician, Mr. Müller-Schott has collaborated with Nicolas Angelich, Renaud Capuçon, Julia Fischer, Jonathan Gilad, Olli Mustonen, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Sir André Previn, Christian Tetzlaff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lars Vogt, and the Ebène and Vogler quartets. 


Because of Mr. Müller-Schott’s life-long devotion to the music of J.S. Bach, he chose the six solo cello suites for his first recording (Glissando Records).  Since then, he has built up a sizeable discography under the ORFEO, Deutsche Grammophon, 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 Gramophone Editor’s Choice, Strad Selection, and the BBC Music Magazine’s “CD of the Month”.  Mr. Müller-Schott has been awarded the Quarterly Prize of German Record Critics for his recordings of the Elgar and Walton cello concertos 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.  Mr. Müller-Schott recently received the  Diapson d’Or Award (France) for his CD of Britten’s solo suites on the ORFEO label.  Also in celebration of the 2013 Britten centennial, a new disc of the cello symphonies of Britten and Prokofiev with the WDR Symphony Orchestra under Jukka-Pekka Saraste has just been released. 


Daniel Müller-Schott was born in Munich in November 1976.  He studied under Walter Nothas, Heinrich Schiff and Steven Isserlis and has early benefited from the personal support of Anne-Sophie Mutter as the holder of a scholarship from her foundation.  Through this promotion, Mr. Müller-Schott received private instruction from Mstislaw Rostropovich for one year.  In 1992, at the age of fifteen, he caused an international sensation by winning the First Prize at the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. His own deep interest in awakening young people’s enthusiasm for music is demonstrated by his support for the “Rhapsody in School” project and his frequent master classes both in Europe and the United States. 


Daniel Müller-Schott currently lives in his home town of Munich.  Under a commission from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, a portrait of him was painted by the Dresden artist Ekkehard Tischendorf.


Mr. Müller-Schott plays the “Ex Shapiro” Matteo Goffriller cello, made in Venice in 1727.



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