Since his critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut, cellist Wolfram Koessel has embarked on a diverse career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, performing internationally in the world’s most distinguished concert halls. STRAD magazine wrote of “the exceptionally attractive cello playing of Wolfram Koessel” who has established himself as a sought-after musician, performing concertos with the Jupiter Symphony, the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra (which he co-founded in 1994), Jerusalem Symphony, the Osaka Symphony, the Mannes Orchestra and symphony orchestras in Stuttgart, Cordoba, Mendoza, Costa Rica, Iowa, and New York.
In 2006 Mr. Koessel joined the American String Quartet with whom he performs regularly at the Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Köln Philharmonic Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kimmel Center, among others. He has performed with artists such as Rene Fleming, Richard Stolzman, Edgar Meyer, Menahem Pressler, Zakir Hussain, Ute Lemper, Sharon Kam, Jeremy Denk and many more.
He is on the cello and chamber music faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and also in residence at the Aspen Music Festival and the Great Wall Academy in China (2005-2013).
He served as Music Director of the Mark Morris Dance Group from 2004-2008 and has toured extensively with the company, performing hundreds of concerts and many world premieres with them worldwide.
Based in New York City, Mr. Koessel appears with a wide range of ensembles and chamber music groups such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Upcoming performances in 2016/17 will lead Mr. Koessel to Japan, Germany, Spain, Southamerica, Mexico, Canada and across the United States.
He is a founding member of the group Trio+ together with violinist Yosuke Kawasaki and pianist Vadim Serebryani. This unique group expands the idea of a piano trio with creative programming and distinctive performance atmospheres.
Mr. Koessel resides with his wife, musician and writer J. Mae Barizo and his daughter in Manhattan.