Jun Märkl


Appears on: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Jun Märkl last appeared with the Oregon Symphony on April 24, 2017. The program included Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture, Britten’s Violin Concerto with Simone Lamsma, Hosokawa’s Circulating Ocean, and Debussy’s La mer.

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. He has held the music director posts of the Orchestre National de Lyon, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, and the Basque National Orchestra, and appears as a regular guest with the world’s leading orchestras. This season, he returns to the Dallas, Atlanta, and Vancouver symphonies in North America; the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Tonkuenstler Orchestra Vienna in Europe; and debuts with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan in Asia.

As an 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 his Metropolitan Opera debut with Il trovatore in 1998.

Märkl has released over 50 recordings. His recordings of the complete orchestral works of Claude Debussy on Naxos brought him the French Ministry of Culture’s coveted “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” award in 2012. His recordings also include three CDs with works by Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa. 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, with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich, and with Gustav Meier in Michigan. In 1986 he won the conducting competition of the Deutsche Musikrat, and a year later he won a scholarship to study at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa.