norman lebrecht

September 08, 2023

Message from the Cleveland Orchestra:

Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst recently had a cancerous tumor removed and will need to undergo treatment between his conducting engagements for the next 12 to 16 months.

His first period of treatment will begin at the end of October.

Regrettably, Welser-Möst must withdraw from all engagements from late October until the end of the year. He plans to resume his conducting engagements in January 2024.

His doctors are confident of a full recovery. sends its best wishes for a full recovery.


UPDATE: Cleveland clarify: He will still be conduct the Cleveland Orchestra during previously-scheduled performances at Severance Music Center in September and October. He will also conduct the Orchestra during tour stops in Vienna and Linz.

By mrtrv