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Marek Janowski

Marek Janowski

Marek Janowski has made numerous recordings over the past 30 years, including many complete operas and symphonic cycles, many of which have been awarded international prizes.



Marek Janowski has been Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin since 2002, and in 2005 he was also appointed Musical Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva. He is in demand as a guest conductor throughout the world, working on a regular basis in the USA with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (where he holds the Otto Klemperer Guest Conducting Chair), the Boston and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and in Europe with the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchester der Tonhalle Zürich, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the NDR-Sinfonieorchester Hamburg.

Born in 1939 in Warsaw and educated in Germany, Marek Janowski's artistic path led him from Assistant positions in Aachen, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Hamburg to his appointment as General Music Director in Freiburg im Breisgau (1973-75) and Dortmund (1975-79). Whilst in Dortmund, his reputation grew rapidly and he became greatly involved in the international opera scene. There is not one world-renowned opera house where he has not been a regular guest since the late ‘70s, from the Metropolitan Opera New York to the Bayerischer Staatsoper Munich; from Chicago and San Francisco to Hamburg; from Vienna and Berlin to Paris.

Marek Janowski stepped back from the opera scene in the 1990s in order to concentrate on orchestral work and was thus able to continue the great German conducting tradition in the symphonic repertoire. He now enjoys an outstanding reputation amongst the great orchestras of Europe and North America and is recognised for his ability to create orchestras of international standing as well as for his interpretation of the core German repertoire. His Ring cycle concerts with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin which began in the 2010/11 season, have received widespread acclaim by both the press and the public, "Under Janowski, Wagner's music was in the best and most careful of hands. It was a unique pleasure to listen to Janowski and his orchestra... Rarely does one experience such perfection." (Klaus Geitel, Berliner Morgenpost.)

Between 1984 and 2000, as Musical Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Marek Janowski took the orchestra to a position of pre-eminence in France, as well as abroad. From 1986 to 1990, in addition to his position in France, Janowski held the title of Chief Conductor of the Gürzenich-Orchester in Cologne, and between 1997 and 1999 he was First Guest Conductor of the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. From 2000 to 2005 Janowski served as Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and from 2001 to 2003 he also held the position of Chief Conductor with the Dresdner Philharmonie.

Marek Janowski has made numerous recordings over the past 30 years, including many complete operas and symphonic cycles, many of which have been awarded international prizes. To this day, his recording of Richard Wagner's complete tetralogy The Ring Cycle with the Staatskapelle Dresden (1980-83) remains one of the most distinguished and fascinating recordings made of this work. His recent Bruckner cycle, recorded for Pentatone has also been accorded high praise and of the most recent disc, Bruckner S.7 recorded with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Gramophone wrote, "This is yet another significant step towards what I am convinced will eventually turn out to be one of the finest recorded Bruckner cycles of the 21st century." (Rob Cowan.)