Low Strings Audition Training Seminar

Audition Preparation | Mark Kosower, Cello / Andrew Wickesberg, Viola / Jeffrey Turner, Double Bass
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Mark Kosower, Principal Cello of the Cleveland Orchestra, Jeffrey Turner, Principal Bass of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Andrew Wickesberg, violist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, discuss auditions for low string players.

Instruments:
Cello, Double Bass, and Viola

Recorded Date: 05-11-2014



Mark Kosower
Cello

Mark Kosower, a consummate artist equally at home internationally as a recital and concerto soloist and as Principal Cello of the Cleveland Orchestra, launches his 2015/16 concert season with performances of the Haydn C Major Concerto with Nicholas McGegan conducting the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival. Other season solo engagements include Victor Herbert's Concerto #2 with the Dayton Philharmonic, Strauss's Don Quixote with the Indianapolis Symphony conducted by Andrey Boreyko, the Brahms Double Concerto with violinist William Preucil and Franz Welser-Most conducting the Cleveland Orchestra at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, the Dvorak Concerto with John Nelson conducting San Jose's Symphony Silicon Valley and Haydn's C Major Concerto with the Columbus Symphony conducted by Robert Moody.

Earlier in 2015, Mark Kosower, at the invitation of Toledo Symphony music director Stefan Sanderling, performed the enigmatic and jazz influenced cello concerto of Friedrich Gulda in Toledo to great acclaim, and joined the Hawaii Symphony and Carlos Miguel Prieto to perform the Lalo Concerto prior to recording both Victor Herbert Concertos with JoAnn Falletta and Belfast's Ulster Orchestra for Naxos. He is a frequent guest at international chamber music festivals including the Santa Fe, the Eastern Music, the North Shore Chamber Music, the Pacific Music (of Japan), and Colorado's Strings Music festivals among others.

In past seasons he has appeared internationally as soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the China National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra Filarmonica de Minas Gerais in Brazil, and the Orquestra Sinfonica de Venezuela, as well as solo performances at the Chatelet in Paris, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro. In the USA previous concerto appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra were with Bramwell Tovey conducting the Samuel Barber Concerto, Herbert Blomstedt conducting the Dvorak Concerto, and Ton Koopman and Boccherini's Concerto in D Major G.479. Other orchestral appearances have included the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Florida, Grand Rapids, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Phoenix, Seattle, Syracuse, Virginia, the Ravinia Festival and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and recitals at the Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the National Gallery of Art and on the Great Performer's Series at Lincoln Center.

An active advocate of 20th and 21st century music. Mark Kosower has brought lesser-known contemporary masterworks to international attention in recent years. His 2011 Naxos release of the two cello concertos of Alberto Ginastera, with Lothar Zagrosek conducting the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, has won widespread critical acclaim and, with his 2008 disc of the complete Ginastera works for cello and piano, he became the first cellist to record the complete catalogue of works for solo cello by the composer. Also in 2011 Naxos released Kosower's world premiere performance recording of Miklos Rozsa's Rhapsodie for Cello and Orchestra with the Budapest Concert Orchestra MAV. He also recorded the Walton Concerto with James DePriest and the Oregon Symphony.

He is a former member of Chamber Music Two, a two-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He received an Avery Fisher Career Grant, a SONY Grant, and has been a top prize winner in both the Rostropovich and Pablo Casals International Cello competitions including a special prize in both competitions for the best interpretation of the newly commissioned works by Marco Stroppa and Cristobal Halffter He was the Grand Prize winner of both the Irving Klein International String Competition and the WAMSO Competition of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Mark Kosower is Teacher of Cello at the Cleveland Institute of Music and is on the faculty at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. His previous posts include Solo Cellist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany from 2006 - 2010, and Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2005 - 2007. He began his cello studies with his father at the age of 1 1/2, and later studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University and Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School.



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Andrew Wickesberg
Viola

Andrew Wickesberg has been a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2007-08 season. He is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. Mr. Wickesberg earned his Bachelor of Music in Viola and Violin in 2003 from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Master of Music in Viola Performance from New England Conservatory. Prior to joining the PSO Mr. Wickesberg was a Fellow with the New World Symphony. He has studied under the direction of Marcus Thompson, Atar Arad and Alan deVeritch.



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Jeffrey Turner
Double Bass

Jeffrey Turner is the Principal Bassist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. A native of South Carolina, Mr. Turner completed his Bachelor’s degree with James VanDemark at the Eastman School of Music. His other teachers include Lawrence Hurst and Robert Gladstone. Before joining the PSO in 1987, Mr. Turner was the Principal Bass of the New American Chamber Orchestra from 1984 to 1986, and played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for the 1986-87 season.

Mr. Turner currently serves as the Director of Orchestral Studies at Duquesne University, where he is the conductor of the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Master’s Degree in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Dr. Robert Page. As a conductor Mr. Turner has served in recent years as Artistic Director of the City Music Center Chamber Orchestra and as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Live Chamber Orchestra. Locally, Mr. Turner has also conducted opera productions at CMU, as well as Honors Orchestra Festivals for the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association.