Currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Markus Stenz takes up the position of Gürzenichkapellmeister in Cologne in the 2003/04 season.
As Music Director of the Montepulciano Festival (1989 to 1995) and Principal Conductor of the London Sinfonietta (1994 to 1998) Markus Stenz has become known for his creative and innovative programming.
In great demand throughout the world Markus Stenz has concentrated his appearances in recent years on Europe, Scandinavia, the United States and Australia.
Much of his work in Europe is in his native Germany and has included appearances with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, NDR Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
In the Netherlands Markus Stenz has an ongoing relationship with both the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has also worked frequently with the Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestras.
In Italy he appears regularly with the Orchestra della Toscana and has appeared with the RAI Symphony Orchestras in both Turin and Milan and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Markus Stenz has enjoyed a regular relationship with the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris where he has also worked with the Orchestre de Paris. Next season he appears for the first time with the Orchestre National de Lyon
In Belgium he has worked with the Orchestra of La Monnaie, Brussels to which he returns in 2003.
In 2004 Markus Stenz will make his first appearance with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich.
In the UK apart from his regular appearances with the London Sinfonietta, Markus Stenz has worked with the BBC Symphony, Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras and the Hallé Orchestra and has made several appearances at the BBC Proms. He returns to the Hallé Orchestra in 2004.
In Scandinavia Markus Stenz has worked with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and in 2003 appears with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He returns to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in 2004.
After his debut performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestras, he stepped in at short notice to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra resulting in two return invitations. He recently returned to Los Angeles and Minnesota and has also made successful debuts with the Indianapolis, Seattle, Houston and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras. In 2005 Markus Stenz will make his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
At the beginning of 2000 Markus Stenz led the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on its first major overseas tour visiting Switzerland, the Canary Islands, Austria and Germany including concerts in Zurich, Munich, Cologne and Salzburg. In November 2002 Markus Stenz took the Melbourne Symphony on its first ever tour of China performing at the Shanghai International Arts Festival and as well as in Beijing, Nanjing and Tianjing. In May 2003 they visit St Petersburg for the first time to appear in the White Nights Festival as part of the tercentenary celebrations of the founding of the city.
Markus Stenz has established a considerable international reputation as an exceptionally fine opera conductor. New productions have included Mozart's Don Giovanni for English National Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro for Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Rossini's Il Turco in Italia at the Stadtheater Basel, Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Staatstheater Stuttgart and Hans Zender's Stephen Climax at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.
He returned to San Francisco Opera to conduct Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and in January 2001 conducted a much-acclaimed production of Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico for the Frankfurt Opera. In early 2003 he conducted a new production of Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy and The Dwarf for La Monnaie, Brussels and in 2004 will make his first appearance at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in a production of Jenufa.
The 2003/04 season sees his debut at the Cologne Opera in a production of Fidelio.
Markus Stenz has a great affinity with the music of Hans Werner Henze. Performances of his music have included The English Cat at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Elegy for Young Lovers at La Fenice in Venice, the world première of Das verratene Meer in Berlin and subsequent new productions of the piece at La Scala Milan and San Francisco Opera. He conducted a new production of The Bassarids in Hamburg and the world première of Venus and Adonis at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. He recently conducted a concert performance of The Bassarids with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The symphonic music of Henze features regularly in Stenz's programmes.
Markus Stenz’s most recent recording of Kurt Weill’s Der Silbersee for BMG was much acclaimed.
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