Conductor Jun Märkl is recognized as a devoted advocate of both symphonic
and operatic Germanic repertoire and as a rare specialist for his idiomatic
explorations of the French impressionist composers. His long-standing
relationships with the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera Munich and
the Semperoper Dresden led to his being offered the Music Director posts of the
Orchestre National de Lyon, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig and the
Basque National Orchestra. He appears as a regular guest with the world’s
leading orchestras, having conducted the Czech Philharmonic, the Bavarian
Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Philadelphia
Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago
Symphony, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and many others.

This season, Maestro Märkl appears with the Minnesota Orchestra and returns to
the St. Louis, Dallas, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Vancouver
symphonies in North America. In Europe, he returns to the Brussels
Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
and the Tonkuenstler Orchestra Vienna. He also returns to the Hong Kong
Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony (Australia) and debuts with the
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic and the National
Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan in Asia.

As opera conductor, Märkl was a regular guest at the state operas of Vienna,
Munich and the Semperoper Dresden and was permanent conductor of the
Bavarian State Opera for many seasons. He made his Royal Opera House debut
with Götterdämmerung in 1996 and with Il Trovatore at the Metropolitan Opera in
1998. He conducted complete Ring cycles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at
the New National Theatre in Tokyo and toured Japan in 2007. In 2016, he
conducted Fidelio in Cincinnati and Die Liebe der Danae in Tokyo and in 2017,
Der fliegende Holländer in Copenhagen and Lohengrin in Tokyo in 2018.

Märkl has released over 50 recordings. His 9 CD recordings of the complete
orchestral works of Claude Debussy on the Naxos label brought him the coveted
award from the French Ministry of Culture in 2012 - the “Chevalier de l’Ordre des
Arts et des Lettres.” He recorded 3 CDs with works of Japanese composer
Toshio Hosokawa, the complete Schumann symphonies with the NHK
Symphony Tokyo, Mendelssohn, D’Albert and Wagner with the MDR Leipzig and
Ravel and Messiaen discs with the Orchestre National de Lyon. Recordings of
works by Saint-Saëns and Strauss are to be released in 2018.

Born in Munich, Märkl’s father was a distinguished concertmaster and his mother
a solo pianist. Märkl studied at the Musikhochschule in Hannover and with
Sergiu Celibidache in Munich and Gustav Meier in Michigan. In 1986, he won the
conducting competition of the Deutsche Musikrat and a year later won a
scholarship from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to study at Tanglewood with
Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. Soon after, he had his first appointments in
European opera houses followed by music directorships at the Staatstheater in
Saarbrücken (1991-94) and at the Mannheim Nationaltheater (1994-2000).