At the 2019 BBC Proms Markus Stenz conducts BBC NOW in Strauss, Brostroem & Brahms, Sunnyboy Dladla sings Mozart Requiem with BBC NOW with Natalie Stutzman, Hilary Summers sings Beethoven Symphony...MORE
Artistic Director Douglas Boyd continues to take Garsington Opera from strength to strength, reflected in their nomination in the Festival category. The nominees for Best Recording (Complete Opera) include Barrie...MORE
Conductor Markus Stenz returns to Teatro alla Scala in November for the world premiere of Gyorgy Kurtag’s Fin de partie, a coproduction with Dutch National Opera, directed by Pierre Audi....MORE
“Stenz's reading of the Brahms had a terrific, unaffected strength. One felt there was nothing between his mind and the music - no egotism, no false display......He had easily secured the requisite clarity and incisiveness for the Strauss”
Markus Stenz is Conductor-in-Residence of the Seoul Philharmonic
- Bayerische Staatsoper – Schreker Die Gezeichneten
- Teatro alla Scala; Dutch National Opera – Kurtag Fin de Partie (world première)
- Deutsche Oper Berlin – Britten Death in Venice
- Concerts with Melbourne and Antwerp Symphony Orchestras; debuts with Barcelona Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon and Bergen Philharmonic
- Concerts in the USA with Baltimore, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Oregon Symphony Orchestras
Markus Stenz has held a number of high-profile positions with international orchestras and opera houses including Principal Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (2012-2019), Principal Guest of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (2015-2019) and Conductor-In-Residence of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (2016-Dec 2020). He was General Music Director of the City of Cologne and Gürzenich-Kapellmeister for 11 years (from 2003-2014), Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra (2010-2014), 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).
He made his opera debut in 1988 at La Fenice in Venice in the first performance of Henze’s revised version of Elegy for Young Lovers. Since then he has appeared at many of the world’s major opera houses and international festivals including Teatro alla 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’s Love and other Demons.
He has conducted many world premières including Henze’s Das Verratene Meer for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Venus und Adonis for Bavarian State Opera, L’Upupa und der Triumph der Sohnesliebe at the Salzburg Festival, Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico and Detlev Glanert’s Caligula for Frankfurt Opera and Solaris at the Bregenz Festival. He recently returned to Bayerische Staatsoper Munich for Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten and in the 18/19 season conducted the long awaited world première of Kurtag’s Fin de Partie at La Scala, Milan, and Dutch National Opera.
Guest engagements have led him to the major orchestras worldwide, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, NHK, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, London Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Vienna Symphony and the Symphony Orchestras of the Hessische Rundfunk, and NDR.
In the United States these have included the Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnatti, Dallas, Houston, San Diego, St Louis Symphony Orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and recently his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Highlights of the coming seasons include debuts with Orchestre National de Lyon, Bergen Philharmonic, and Barcelona Symphony Orchestras, returns to Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and New Japan Philharmonic and Opera productions for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dutch National Opera and a return to Bayerische Staatsoper Munich.
During his time with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln he received a prize for “The Best Concert Programme of the 2003/04 Season” as well as initiating a number of youth and educational projects such as “Experiment Klassik”, “3. Akt” and the concert live-recording project “GO live”.
His extensive discography includes many prize-winning recordings including the Gürzenich Orchestra’s complete cycle of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies for Oehms Classics. Their recording of Mahler’s 5th Symphony received a German Record Critics’ Award in November 2009. Their first recording for Hyperion of Strauss’ Don Quixote and Till Eulenspiegel received unanimous critical acclaim, and was followed by an equally celebrated recording of Schönberg’s Gurrelieder released in 2015, which received the Choral Award at the 2016 Gramophone Awards.
Markus Stenz studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne under Volker Wangenheim and at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. He has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Northern College of Music and the “Silberne Stimmgabel” (Silver Tuning Fork) of the state of North Rhein/Westphalia.This biography should not be edited without permission from Maxine Robertson Management.
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