Jun Maerkl returns to the prestigious Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo (Japan) as their Principal Conductor this year, stepping in for ailing Maestro Zinman for two concerts on 18 and 19 July (Mahler, Dvorak and Mendelssohn). Maerkl first conducted at PMF in 2005 and again in 2008 as a guest conductor, and returned in 2013 as Principal Conductor. The festival was founded in 1990 by Leonard Bernstein (Maerkl’s teacher in his youth at Tanglewood) in order to nurture top young musicians hand-picked from across the globe, and is known for an incredibly high standard of music-making.
Maerkl’s pedagogic role in Japan is highly respected; the week before PMF he makes his annual Suntory Hall appearance on 13 July with the Kunitachi Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra as their Visiting Professor, conducting works by Hosokawa, Saint-Saens and Rachmaninov with as soloist the brilliant jazz pianist Makoto Ozone.
Earlier in the month he returns to the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky with Arabella Steinbacher
Jun Märkl returns to the Orchestre National de Lyon for the first time since his tenure as Music Director. In concerts on 9, 10 and 11 April he conducts a programme typical of his particular interests, opening with Toshio Hosokawa Blossoming II, followed by Berlioz Les Nuits d’Ete, and Strauss Rosenkavalier suite, with Da Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain completing the ‘garden’ theme.
The week after he conducts the Hamburgische Staatsorchester in Brahms Symphony No.4 and the Berg Violin Concerto with Midori. A week later he accompanies Ingrid Fliter playing Chopin with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
In May, Märkl travels to the US, conducting the Houston Symphony from 30 April to 3 May, Indianapolis Symphony on 8 and 9 May, to Japan for concerts with the Osaka Philharmonic on 15 and 16 May and then back to the US and the Vancouver Symphony from 29 May to 1 June.