Markus Stenz - Conductor

Markus Stenz is Principal Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor designate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.


His previous positions have included General Music Director of the City of Cologne and Gürzenich-Kapellmeister (posts he relinquished in the summer of 2014), Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1998 – 2004), Principal Conductor of London Sinfonietta (1994 – 1998) and Artistic Director of the Montepulciano Festival (1989 – 1995).


In 2000 he took the Melbourne Symphony on their triumphant first European tour in 2000 including concerts in Munich, Cologne, Zurich and Salzburg and in 2008 visited China with the Gürzenich Orchestra and the same year conducted their first ever BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. He returned to China in 2010 with Cologne Opera for two cycles of Wagner’s “Ring” in Shanghai and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in Beijing. He returned to China with the Gürzenich Orchestra in 2014.


He made his opera debut in 1988 at La Fenice in Venice in the first performance of Hans Werner Henze’s revised version of “Elegy for Young Lovers”.  He has since conducted many world premieres including Henze’s “Das Verratene Meer” at the Deutsche Oper  Berlin, “Venus und Adonis” at the Bavarian State Opera and “L’Upupa” at the Salzburg Festival and Detlev Glanert’s “Caligula” at the Frankfurt Opera and “Solaris” at the Bregenz Festival.


Markus Stenz has appeared at many of the world’s major opera houses and international festivals including La Scala Milan, La Monnaie in Brussels, English National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera and Edinburgh International Festival.


His notable performances in Cologne have included Wagner’s “Ring”, Lohengrin “Tannhäuser” and “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”, as well as Janacek’s “Jenufa” and “Katya Kabanova”, Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and Eötvös’ Love and other Demons”.


Other of the world’s leading orchestras which Markus Stenz conducts include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philhamronic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Vienna Symphony and the Symphony Orchestras of the Hessische Rundfunk, WDR and NDR.


In the United States these have included the Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, St Louis and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestra.


Future engagements, apart from his regular concerts with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, include concerts with Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the 2014 BBC Proms.  He will continue a regular relationship with the Hallé.


His extensive discography, which was recently enlarged by the addition of the Dutch première of K. A. Hartmann's "Simplicius Simplicissimus" (Challenge Classics), includes many award-winning productions. His recording of the complete symphonies of Gustav Mahler with the Gürzenich Orchestra (Oehms Classics), for instance, was given an enthusiasic international reception, and was selected among the "Quarterly Critic's Choice" issued by the German Record Critics' Award Association with the recording of Mahler's 5th. And the production of Richard Strauss's tone poems "Till Eulenspiegel" and "Don Quixote" with Lawrence Power (viola) and Alban Gerhardt (violoncello) on Hyperion Records was chosen by the BBC Music Magazine in 2013 as its "Disc of the Month". 


Markus Stenz studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne under Volker Wangenheim and at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. 


Markus Stenz has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Northern College of Music.

(October 2014)

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