Markus Stenz - Conductor
Markus Stenz is Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (since 2012).
His previous positions have included most recently General Music Director of the City of Cologne and Gürzenich-Kapellmeister and Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra (posts he relinquished in the summer of 2014). Markus Stenz was Artistic Director of the Montepulciano Festival (1989 – 1995), Principal Conductor of the London Sinfonietta (1994 – 1998) – one of the most renowned ensembles for contemporary music and Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1998 – 2004).
Trained at the
He made his debut as an opera conductor at La Fenice in
His notable opera performances in
The completion of the cycle of all the Mahler symphonies coincides with the end of his tenure in Cologne. The complete recording reflects not only the Gürzenich Orchestra’s long association with Mahler’s works, but also the conductor’s personal passion. The first release of this cycle, Mahler's 5th Symphony, has been listed in the German Record Critics’ Award in November 2009 and was awarded “Recording of the Year” by the music magazine Rondo in 2010. The Fourth Symphony, the Wunderhorn songs, and the Second, Third, First and Eighth (“Symphony of a Thousand”) symphonies have now also been issued. The recording of Mahler’s 4th Symphony was editor’s choice in classic fM magazine in October 2010 and was awarded the “supersonic pizzicato” in the October issue of the magazine pizzicato as an outstanding referential recording.
In April 2013, Markus Stenz and the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne released a recording of Richard Strauss's popular tone poems “Till Eulenspiegel” and “Don Quixote” on the British label Hyperion Records with Lawrence Power (viola) and Alban Gerhardt (violoncello). The recording was already named “Disc of the Month” (May 2013) by the BBC Music Magazine.
Since October 2005 concerts of the Gürzenich Orchestra were recorded live on their own label “GO live!” and made available within 5 minutes of the end of the concert for purchase by members of the audience. An edited version of the 3 subscription concerts is available for download from the iTunes Music Store. Amongst the many works available are Beethoven’s Symphonies nos. 5 and 7, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Mahler’s Symphonies nos. 6 and 7 and Bruckner’s Symphonies nos. 5 and 8. In January 2013, this worldwide unique project reached the milestone of 25,000 CDs sold.
Markus Stenz has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Northern College of Music
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