The German cellist, Daniel Müller-Schott, 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. By this promotion Müller-Schott received private instruction by Mstislaw Rostropowitsch for one year. In 1992, at the age of 15, he first caused a sensation internationally by winning the 1st Prize at the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.
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. For years he delights his audiences with energetic interpretations, perfectly combining technical brilliance with great intellectual and emotional acuity. In the words of the Sunday Times, his performances “have the winning freshness of rediscovery”.
Daniel Müller-Schott works with such leading international orchestras: in the USA with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as well as the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington); in Europe the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Münchner Philharmoniker, the Radio Orchestras of Radio-Symphonie-Orchester-Berlin, Munich Radio Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig and Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks Hamburg, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Spanish National Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In Asia, he performs with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and Seoul Philharmonic. All over the world he has appeared in concert with such renowned conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Thomas Dausgaard, Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Iván Fischer, Michael Gielen, Alan Gilbert, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Bernard Haitink, Jakub Hrůša, Dmitri Kitaenko, Christoph König, Neville Marriner, Jun Märkl, Gianandrea Noseda and Kurt Masur as well as Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko, André Previn, Michael Sanderling, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Krzysztof Urbański.
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. He premiered both works under the composers’ batons in Leipzig and Bonn. Sebastian Currier has also composed a cello sonata for Müller-Schott, and Olli Mustonen’s Sonata for Cello and Piano was premiered by the performer and the composer in the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg.
Daniel Müller-Schott is much in demand as a musical partner in Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto and as a trio partner with the celebrated violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, at whose invitation he performed his debut concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall back in 2000.
Highlights of the 2012-2013 season are concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons and a tour of Germany with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach where Daniel Müller-Schott will be performing L.v. Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Baiba Skride and Lars Vogt, concerts with the Orchestre National de France under Kurt Masur and with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio under Vladimir Fedoseyev, featuring Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2. He can also be heard performing the latter with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, along with Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canariaunder Pedro Halffter. To open the new season of the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin under its new Chief Conductor Iván Fischer, he will perform J. Brahms’ Double Concerto with Julia Fischer. There will be another opportunity to work with Jun Märkl, both with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan and with the Philharmoniker Hamburg in its home city. With the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Krzysztof Urbański, Müller-Schott will perform D. Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1; with the Orchestre National de Lille under Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante. In Benjamin Britten’s centenary year 2013, Müller-Schott can be heard performing the composer’s Cello Symphony with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo under Yan Pascal Tortelier and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko. Two extended tours of Australia and New Zealand are also planned: with the Australian Chamber Orchestra under Richard Tognetti and with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, with whom he will perform Dvořák’s Cello Concerto under the baton of Pietari Inkinen. A tour of Europe is scheduled in trio with Renaud Capuçon and Nicholas Angelich, and recitals are booked partners including Francesco Piemontesi, Simon Trpčeski and Lauma Skride.
Daniel Müller-Schott is a regular guest at international festivals of music, for example in Salzburg, Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Schwetzingen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, at the “Heidelberger Frühling”, at the Proms in London, at the Festival of Chamber Music Vancouver and in the USA at festivals, for example in Blossom, Ravinia, Saratoga, Tanglewood, Aspen and Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Daniel Müller-Schott has a keen interest in awakening young people’s enthusiasm for music and introducing them to the magical moments of music. He is therefore supporting the “Rhapsody in School” project in an honorary capacity. He is one of a number of high-calibre artists involved in organising the “Rhapsody in Concert” event in Berlin in autumn 2012. In the master classes, through which he is invited to teach in Europe and the USA, Müller-Schott demonstrates his consistent support for a new generation of instrumentalists and musicians.
Since his childhood, Daniel Müller-Schott has felt a great love for the music of J.S. Bach. Consequently, it is hardly surprising that when he came to record his first CD, he chose the Six Suites for Cello Solo for (BWV 1007-1012) in J.S. Bach’s jubilee in 2000 (Glissando Records).
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 Edward Elgar and William Walton Cello Concertos and for his CD of the Dmitri Shostakovich Cello Concertos recorded with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester under Yakov Kreizberg. His recording of the entire L.v. Beethoven cycle with Angela Hewitt has been awarded five stars by the London Daily Telegraph. Müller-Schott recently released Benjamin Britten’s Solo Suites on the Orfeo label, for which he received the Diapason d’Or award in France. To mark B. Britten’s centenary in 2013, there will be releases of the B. Britten und Prokofiev cello symphonies with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln under Jukka-Pekka Saraste, along with a chamber music recording featuring sonatas by Prokofiev, B. Britten and D. Shostakovich with Francesco Piemontesi. Daniel Müller-Schott will then have recorded all the major works of Prokofiev and D. Shostakovich in addition to the complete B. Britten cycle.
Daniel Müller-Schott plays the “Ex Shapiro” Matteo Goffriller cello, made in Venice in 1727.