Marek Janowski

Marek Janowski

Marek Janowski is one of the great masters of the music of the German tradition. He is recognised throughout the world for his interpretation of Wagner, Strauss, Bruckner, Brahms, Hindemith and the Second Viennese School, and has a distinguished discography in this repertoire. He enjoys an outstanding reputation amongst the premier orchestras of Europe and North America, and is recognised for his ability to create orchestras of international standing.

In summer 2017 Marek Janowski will return to Bayreuth to conduct Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Bayreuth. Elsewhere in the 2016/17 season he will conduct Götterdämmerung at the Spring Festival in Tokyo; the culmination of his four-year concertante-performance Ring Cycle with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. He will also conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra, WDR Köln, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro La Fenice, Oslo Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony.


Marek Janowski’s artistic path has led him from Assistant positions in Aachen, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Hamburg to his appointment as General Music Director in Freiburg im Breisgau (1973-75) and Dortmund (1975-79). Janowski took the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France to a position of pre-eminence as Musical Director (1984-2000). In addition to this position in Paris, Janowski held the title of Chief Conductor of the Gürzenich-Orchester in Cologne (1986 -1990) and later the First Guest Conductor of the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (1997-1999). From 2000-2005 Janowski served as Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and also held the position of Chief Conductor with the Dresdner Philharmonie (2001-2003). From 2002-2016 he was Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and his Wagner opera cycle with the Berlin Philharmonie orchestra is held to have set a new standard of performance in concertante opera.

Marek Janowski has built an extensive discography including several award winning complete operas and symphonic cycles. His recording of Wagner’s the Ring Cycle with the Staatskapelle Dresden (1980-83) remains one of the most notable recordings of the work. His recording of the Bruckner cycle and Symphony No. 3 with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande has also been accorded similar high praise.

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