Markus Stenz

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Markus Stenz, 2012

Markus Stenz (born February 28, 1965 in Bad Neuenahr ) is a German conductor .

Life and career

After passing the Abitur at the Peter-Joerres-Gymnasium in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler in 1983 he was trained at the Hochschule für Musik Köln in Cologne with Volker Wangenheim , Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa in Tanglewood and made a name for himself early on with his own projects as well as original and Premieres. In 1989 Stenz took over the musical direction of the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano (until 1995) and from 1994 to 1998 he was chief conductor of the London Sinfonietta , the most renowned British ensemble for contemporary music. Parallel to his position as artistic director and chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2004, Markus Stenz expanded his repertoire in the direction of classical and romantic.

Markus Stenz made his debut at the Cologne Philharmonic in 1996 with the WDR Symphony Orchestra . In February 2000 he conducted a concert of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra here, and in September 2002 the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie . He made his debut on June 10, 2001 at the podium of the Gürzenich Orchestra . Markus Stenz then served as Kapellmeister of the Gürzenich Orchestra for eleven years (from 2003 to 2014), ten years of which as General Music Director of the City of Cologne.

Markus Stenz was also chief conductor of the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (the Dutch radio orchestra) from 2012 to 2019 . In addition, he was principal guest conductor with the Hallé Orchestra (2010–2014) and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (2015–2019).


Markus Stenz a. a. with the following orchestras: Munich Philharmonic , Gewandhausorchester Leipzig , Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich , Berliner Philharmoniker , Wiener Symphoniker , Concertgebouw-Orchester Amsterdam, Staatskapelle Berlin , Philharmoniker Hamburg , symphony orchestras of BR, HR, WDR and NDR. In the United States, he conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra , the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Dallas, Minnesota, Houston and Seattle.


Markus Stenz made his debut as an opera conductor with Hans Werner Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. He has directed numerous world premieres and premieres, e. B. Hans Werner Henze's The Betrayed Sea in Berlin, Venus and Adonis at the Bavarian State Opera and L 'Upupa and the 2003 Triumph of Son's Love at the Salzburg Festival . Since then, Markus Stenz has performed at opera houses around the world and at international festivals such as B. at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, at the English National Opera , at the Lyric Opera of Chicago , San Francisco Opera , in Los Angeles, at the Staatstheater Stuttgart , at the Deutsche Oper Berlin , the Hamburg State Opera , Frankfurt Opera (with the world premiere of Detlev Glanert's Caligula ) as well as at the Glyndebourne Festival (2004 with Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa ) and at the Edinburgh International Festival .

Particularly noteworthy from his previous work at the Cologne Opera are the highly acclaimed performances of Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung , Lohengrin , Tannhäuser , Tristan and Isolde and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg as well as Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa and Káťa Kabanová . The Cologne Opera began the 2010/2011 season with a guest performance in China: Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen was performed twice at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, and the Cologne Opera performed a series of performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni in Beijing . In addition, Markus Stenz was musically responsible a. a. for new productions of Richard Strauss ' Elektra and Alban Berg's Wozzeck .


All of Gustav Mahler's symphonies and the songs of Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Christiane Oelze (soprano) and Michael Volle (baritone) were released with the OehmsClassics label . The cycle was released on Hybrid-SACD in 2016. The start of the great Mahler cycle with the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne was the 5th Symphony in C sharp minor, which was included in the list of the best of the German Record Critics in autumn 2009 . Then the 4th symphony and the Wunderhorn songs appeared. The recording of the 4th symphony in October 2010 was named “orchestral disc of the month” by classic fM magazine, while Pizzicato magazine highlighted the recording in its October issue as an exceptional reference recording with the “supersonic pizzicato”.

From mid-October 2005 the concerts of the Gürzenich Orchestra were recorded and were available as “GO live!” Instant CDs about five minutes after the final applause. A “best of” mix of the three concert evenings was available for download from the iTunes Music Store a few weeks later. Within this extensive concert documentation appeared u. a. The following works: Ludwig van Beethoven's symphonies No. 5 and 7, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's C minor Mass, Gustav Mahler's symphonies No. 5, 6 and 7 and Anton Bruckner's symphonies No. 5 and 8.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Markus Stenz leaves 2014. In: Kölnische Rundschau . June 22, 2012 .;
  2. ^ Markus Stenz chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. In: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest. August 17, 2010, archived from the original on November 19, 2010 .;
  3. Interview about his time at the RFO. In: May 2019 (English).;
  4. Information on the Hallé Orchestra at: . 2020 (english)
  5. Information on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at: . 2020 (english)