Maerkl conducts Messaien’s Turangalila on 7 December at Bozar Brussels, with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra. After his first encounter with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at last Summer’s Cardiff Singer of the World competition, Maerkl was invited back at the first available opportunity for a symphonic programme with the orchestra – works by Debussy, Ibert, Mozart and Toshio Hosokawa in Hoddinott Hall on 20 December.
Jun Märkl returns to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for performances between 22 and 26 October this month, followed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on 18 – 24 November, where he is a regular visitor.
Click here to hear him conduct Dvorak’s tone poem “In Nature’s Realm” with the Indianapolis Symphony on Telarc on his last visit, described by Gramophone as “an unforgettable performance” (April 2012).
His last visit to Baltimore was equally memorable:
“Maerkl’s reading of Schumann’s “Rhenish” symphony proved just as individual, with lyrical passages taking on an autumnal glow and big moments filled with bustling energy. This is a conductor who isn’t afraid to mold phrases and play with tempos for expressive effect. His attention to the score’s atmosphere — letting troubling inner voices dart up through the music’s grand surface, or spinning a legato line through shifting brass chords to create an almost regal flavor — made Schumann’s oft-maligned orchestration sound ingeniously fresh.”
Washington Post, May 2012
He also conducts Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with Nicola Benedetti at the Vancouver Symphony at the end of October, coupled with Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony and Debussy’s Marche Ecossaise.