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Jun Märkl

Currently as Chief Conductor of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony, Jun Märkl toured with the orchestra to Spain and the Baltic countries, conducted the subscription series in the Leipzig Gewandhaus and performed across Saxony. They also appeared at the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Cologne Philharmonie, and gave a performance of Schumann’s rarely-heard opera Genoveva at the Rotterdam Opera Festival. They made several discs for Naxos, notably a highly-regarded recording of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Previously Märkl was Music Directorship of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 2005 to 2011. In recognition of his achievement to French culture, he was awarded the prestigious Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government. Major achievements included his acclaimed nine-disc Debussy cycle on Naxos, and tours to Japan and major European halls and festivals such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, BBC Proms, Lucerne and (every season) to the Salle Pleyel.

Märkl has conducted many leading orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paris Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Czech Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Minnesota and Montreal symphony orchestras. Every season Märkl conducts the NHK Symphony, with whom in 2006 he recorded the complete Schumann symphonies as part of an ongoing commitment to EXTON Records.

Märkl conducted two complete Ring cycles, one with the NHK and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras at the New National Theatre (Tokyo), and the other at the Deutsche Oper with the Bavarian State Opera, where he was until 2006 as its Permanent Conductor. He made his Royal Opera House début with Götterdämmerung in 1996 and at the Metropolitan Opera with Il Trovatore in 1998. In 2014 he will conduct Fidelio for the Hamburg Opera.

Born in Munich, his German father was a distinguished Concertmaster and his Japanese mother a solo pianist. Märkl studied violin, piano and conducting at the Musikhochschule in Hannover, going on to study with Sergiu Celibidache and Gustav Meier. In 1987 he won a scholarship from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to study at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa.

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