It was announced in San Sebastian on 3 November that Jun Märkl becomes Principal Conductor of the Basque National Orchestra (Orquestra de Euskadi), effective immediately, for the remainder of 14/15 and until the end of 15/16, with possible further renewal. He has been Artistic Advisor since June, and had already conducted the orchestra on several occasions. He succeeds Andres Orozco Estrada, who left two seasons ago to take up positions in Frankfurt and Houston. Andrey Boreyko remains as Principal Guest Conductor. The orchestra celebrates Maerkl’s appointment at concerts this week in San Sebastian and Bilbao, when Maerkl conducts Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and works by Saint-Saens, with cello soloist Johannes Moser.
Jun Märkl returns to Spain this November for three concerts with the Orquestra Sinfónica de Euskadi in San Sebastian (5 and 6 November) and Bilbao (8 November). The concerts will feature a programme that includes three Saint-Saëns works and culminates with Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra alongside cellist Johannes Moser, a piece that Märkl has previously conducted to critical acclaim:
“This Bartók is delicately spun despite the large canvass, and so suits Märkl’s approach perfectly. Taking their lead from his wise and reflective direction, the orchestra took a measured approach and expressed Bartók’s restrained jubilation and beautifully subdued melancholy.”
Leipziger Volkszeitung, February 2012
Märkl will then travel to Missouri, where he will conduct the St Louis Symphony on 15 and 16 November at Powell Hall. The all-Beethoven programme focusses on the composer’s early works and also features soloists Orli Shaham, Helen Kim and Xiaoxiao Qiang.