Wolfram Koessel

Since his critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 1994, cellist Wolfram Koessel has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in concert halls throughout the world. The Strad magazine wrote of “the exceptionally attractive cello playing of Wolfram Koessel,” who has established himself as a sought after soloist, performing concertos with the Jupiter Symphony, the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra (which he co-founded in 1994), and symphony orchestras in Stuttgart, Cordoba and Mendoza (Argentina), San José (Costa Rica), and New York. In 2004 Koessel was named musical director of the Mark Morris Dance Group, with which he has performed hundreds of concerts worldwide. His collaborations include performances with legendary tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, distinguished dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, and cellist Yo Yo Ma, among many others. Mr. Koessel appears with a wide range of ensembles and chamber music groups, most notably and frequently with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. From 1999 to 2002, he held the position of artistic director of Sundays on the Island, a long-running weekly chamber music series on City Island, New York. Mr. Koessel resides with his wife, pianist and writer J. Mae Barizo, in Manhattan. His cello is by Giovanni Cavani (Modena, 1917).

Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 2006.

wkoessel@msmnyc.edu