Jun Märkl conducts the world’s leading orchestras, such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. He has long been a highly respected interpreter of the core Germanic repertoire from both the symphonic and operatic traditions, and more recently for his refined and idiomatic Debussy, Ravel and Messiaen.
He was Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 2005-11 and of the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig until 2012. In 2012 he was honoured by the French Ministry of Culture with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Märkl’s busy European schedule is complemented by regular relationships with the leading North American orchestras. He is also a frequent guest in Japan.
Märkl was until 2006 Permanent Conductor of the Bavarian State Opera. He made his Royal Opera House, London, debut in 1996 and at the Metropolitan Opera in 1998, has conducted complete Ring Cycles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the New National Theatre Tokyo.
Märkl has recorded with the NHK Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony. Whilst in Lyon he made live recordings of Strauss, Beethoven, Mahler, Messiaen and a nine-disc Debussy cycle. With MDR Symphony he recorded Brahms and Mendelssohn.
Born in Munich, his (German) father was a distinguished Concertmaster and his (Japanese) mother a solo pianist. Märkl studied with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich and with Gustav Meier in Michigan. In 1986 he won a scholarship from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to study at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa.