10 Dec 2018

Artist ProfileJun Märkl – Conductor

by Michael Clive

Jun Märkl

Jun Märkl

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. His long-standing relationships with the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera Munich, and the Semperoper Dresden led to his being offered the Music Director posts of the Orchestre National de Lyon, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, and the Basque National Orchestra. He appears as a regular guest with the world’s leading orchestras, having conducted the Czech Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, and many others.

This season, Maestro Märkl appears with the Minnesota Orchestra and returns to the St. Louis, Dallas, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Utah, and Vancouver Symphonies in North America. In Europe, he returns to the Brussels Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and the Tonküenstler Orchestra Vienna. He also returns to the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony (Australia), 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 with

Il Trovatore at the Metropolitan Opera in 1998. He conducted complete Ring cycles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, and toured Japan in 2007. He conducted Fidelio (2016) in Cincinnati, Die Liebe der Danae (2016) in Tokyo, Der fliegende Holländer (2017) in Copenhagen, and Lohengrin in Tokyo (2018).