Markus Stenz


Appears on: Musical Fortitude: Schumann's Second Symphony

Markus Stenz, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and conductor-in-residence of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, is known for performances of great expressive scope, probing interpretations of German repertoire, and an audacious command of contemporary music.

During the 2018/19 season, Stenz leads the much-anticipated world premiere of Fin de Partie by György Kurtág at La Scala in November, broadcast live on RAI-Radio 3. The one-act opera, with a libretto based on the Samuel Beckett play End Game, represents the 92-year-old Hungarian composer’s first opera. Since his debut as an opera conductor at La Fenice in Venice, Stenz has led many world premieres, including three operas by Hans Werner Henze: Das verratene Meer at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Venus und Adonis at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and L’Upupa und der Triumph der Sohnesliebe at the 2003 Salzburg Festival. Stenz has appeared at many of the world’s major opera houses and international festivals, Teatro alla Scala, La Monnaie, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Salzburg Festival. He has conducted orchestras around the world including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Berlin Philharmonic.

Stenz’ extensive discography includes many award-winning recordings, among them the complete symphonies of Mahler with the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne on the Oehms Classics label. Recent notable recordings include Glanert’s Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, an album of Henze orchestral works, James MacMillan’s St. Luke Passion, and K.A. Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

Markus Stenz resides in Cologne, Germany, with his wife and two children.