Mark Kosower


Raised in a family of cellists, Mark Kosower might have pursued a different career, but he knew by the age of four that “cello was it.” By college, he also knew he wanted to teach, “not only to help somebody learn an instrument, and not only to become a better musician, but also because you influence them personally, too – what music can do for you as a human being.” In this conversation with KRWG’s Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, Kosower discusses his life as a cellist and as a teacher, and along with LCSO conductor Lonnie Klein, analyzes the music elements and background to Edward Elgar’s

Leora Zeitlin

Acclaimed cellist Mark Kosower maintains a busy solo career while also serving as the Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra and teaching at the Cleveland Institute of Music. While in Las Cruces to perform the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Las Cruces Symphony, he and conductor Lonnie Klein came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Kosower’s renowned teacher, Janos Starker, who died earlier in the week.