The central questions of how music affects and connects us – it’s mysterious magnetism and power to affect us on so many levels – has lead cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws’ musical journey from his native Chile over Europe to the United States, exploring them as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher.
He has been a guest artist at many festivals including the Cape & Islands, Rockport, El Paso Pro-Musica, Strings in the Mountains, Delaware, Music at Gretna, Florida Arts, Sebago Long Lake and Kingston Chamber Music Festivals, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the Garth Newel Music Center, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Staunton Music Festival and the European Chamber Music Association.
His solo performances include the world premiere and recording of Bernard Hoffer’s Concerto di Camera II for solo cello and ensemble written for him and the Boston Musica Viva, the premiere of Shirish Korde‘s Lalit 2nd Prism for Cello, Tabla and Orchestra with the Richmond Symphony, the Boston premiere of Gunther Schuller’s cello concerto and John Harbison’s and Chou Wen-Chung’s cello concertos with the New England Philharmonic, Schumann concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción and Orquesta de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Bloch‘s Schelomo, Haydn concerto in D, Shostakovich concerto no.1 and Brahms double concerto with violinist Bayla Keyes and the Concord Orchestra (MA), Dvorak concerto with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
As guest principal cellist he was invited to join the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra for two projects, including a live concert broadcast of Bavarian Broadcasting of Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 15 with Mikhail Pletnev conducting as well as a tour to China with the orchestra‘s principal music director, Jonathan Nott.
He has been broadcasted by radio and TV stations in the United States, Chile and Germany, and recorded Pedro Humberto Allende’s cello concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, which was released by the Chilean Academy of Fine Arts as part of the celebration of the two-hundredth anniversary of Chilean Independence.
Other projects include the release of “Anusvara”, a disc with music by Shirish Korde for cello, tabla and carnatic soprano, the premiere of “Mutations” for solo cello and computer by Chris Arrell and the premiere and recording of Thomas Oboe Lee’s “Suite for Solo Cello”, both written for him, as well as a recording of sonatas for piano and cello by Brahms and Chopin with pianist Adam Golka for Hammond Performing Arts and a series of recitals for cello and harp with harpist Sivan Magen and most recently his Bach & Ragas project , which pairs Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello with works by Shirish Korde.
Müller-Szeraws has been regularly performing recitals with pianists including Adam Golka, Ya-Fei Chuang, Victor Santiago Asunción and Sally Pinkas. Since 1999 he has been the cellist of the contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva and is member of the Brookline/ Andover based ensemble Mistral. In addition to having performed with many Boston based ensembles, he was a founding member of QX String Quartet and Trio Tremonti.
Since September 2014, Müller-Szeraws is Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross where he directs the Performance Program. He has been founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Institute at Holy Cross, an intensive chamber music summer immersion program for gifted high school and college students. Müller-Szeraws has been artist and teacher in residence at the “Jornadas Musicales Internacionales de Invierno” in Concepción, Chile and has taught Master Classes at the Garth Newel Music Center, Columbus State University and Academia de Música Antonio Vivaldi, Concepción. He was a guest lecturer at the Universidad Católica de Chile and currently teaches, in addition to the College of the Holy Cross, at the Phillips Academy Andover.
Müller-Szeraws was a prize-winner at the Washington International Competition, as well as a grant recipient of the Saul and Naomi Cohen Foundation, which is generously lending him a cello by David Tecchler (1717).
Jan Müller-Szeraws studied at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany and holds a Bachelor and Master of Music Degree from Boston University. His teachers include Andrés Díaz, Christoph Henkel, Arnaldo Fuentes and Javier Santamaría.