Wayne Marshall

Wayne Marshall

British conductor, organist and pianist Wayne Marshall is Chief Conductor of the WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne, and Organist and Associate Artist of the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. He became Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in 2007 and is a celebrated interpreter of Gershwin, Bernstein and other 20th century American composers.

The year 2018 marks Bernstein’s centenary and Wayne Marshall will be conducting many of Bernstein’s works. Some highlights include Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with Orchestre de Paris in March 2018 at the Philharmonie de Paris and his debut with Zurich Philharmonie in an all-Bernstein programme.   Wayne Marshall has also been invited to conduct the rarely performed White House Cantata in Utrecht with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

Apart from several recording, touring and performing projects around Germany, he is currently recording a Gershwin CD with WDR Funkhausorchester in Cologne. In July 2018, Wayne Marshall will be recording a CD with “Chineke!” followed by concerts at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

In January of 2019, he will be returning to conduct the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for their New Year’s Concert celebration and in February 2019 will be conducting the concert version of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the Prague Radio Philharmonic. He will be working with various orchestras including the SWR in a Frank Zappa project, Zuid-Nederland Philharmonie, Tonkuenstler Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie in Frankfurt, l'Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and will also be touring with “Chineke!” in the United Kingdom.

As organ recitalist, he has an exceptionally varied repertoire and performs worldwide. As pianist/director and organist, he has performed with many orchestras, including Los Angeles Philharmonic (World Première of MacMillan’s organ concerto A Scotch Bestiary), Swedish and Munich Radio Symphony orchestras, and Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado. In 2004, he gave the inaugural organ recital in the new Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Recent recitals include Florence Cathedral, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Notre-Dame de Paris, Royal Albert Hall, Basilika St Kastor, Koblenz and the National Grand Theatre, Beijing.

He has recorded extensively for numerous major labels and received an ECHO (Deutscher Schallplattenpreis) award for his 'Gershwin Songbook' CD. In 2004, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Bournemouth University and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 2010. In October 2016, he was one of the recipients of the Golden Jubilee Award, presented by the Barbados Government, for his services to music.