Principal Guest Conductor
Markus Stenz is Principal Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor 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 VerrateneMeer at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Venus und Adonis at the Bavarian State Opera, L’Upupa at the Salzburg Festival, Detlef 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, LohengrinTannhäuser 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.
Markus Stenz and the Gürzenich Orchestra have recently completed recording the 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 on the Hyperion label of Strauss’ Don Quixote and Till Eulenspiegel received unanimous critical acclaim, followed by a recording of Schönberg’s Gurrelieder to be released early in 2015.
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.