Echo Klassic award
Naxos Records has informed me, that because of my recordings of the Prokofieff violin concerto with soloist Tianwa Wang, I was nominated for the Echo Klassic award in the category: best conductor.
“Today, Jan 12, 2021, I was supposed to travel to Malaysia to take up my post as Music Director of Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra and to conduct 5 concert weeks. Yesterday, on Monday, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin of Malaysia announced a nationwide travel ban and a 14-day lockdown in the capital Kuala Lumpur and five states, saying the healthcare system for the country of 32 million people was at a breaking point. So half a day before my departure I have to face a cancellation of my 5 weeks of concerts and activities in Malaysia. I feel very sorry for the Orchestra and I wish that the situation in the country will improve soon. Nothing is more difficult for an orchestra and musicians not being able to make music and to perform. Wishing the very best for all members of the MPO in these difficult times."
Jun Märkl has been appointed Music Director of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
He signed a contact for 5 years and he will start his new position in January 2021 with a series of 5 concert weeks. Jun Märkl had worked with the orchestra as a guest conductor before. He is very encouraged by the strong support of management and orchestra of his nomination which is a great encouragement to lead the orchestra through difficult terrain in times of a pandemic. Finding solutions to overcome the crisis and to work hard for the future of this orchestra will be among his first priorities. The MPO is an excellent orchestra with a great potential and a wide : it deserves to play an important role in the music scene in Asia and it is widely acknowledged as a leading orchestra in the region, known for its quality, energy and vitality . The residence of the orchestra is a fine concert hall in the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, praised for its superb acoustics and intimate atmosphere. Being part of this organisation is a great honour and it will be a pleasure to contribute to the legacy of this orchestra in the future.
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Appointment as Artistic Advisor of National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) of Taiwan
The NSO has appointed Jun Märkl as Artistic Advisor for 3 seasons starting from the 2021/2022 season. Orchestra and management have voted for him with overwhelming majority. Jun Märkl's duties will include conducting concerts, developing the artistic vision as well as programming and invitation of guest artists. He is excited about the opportunity to work with and to support this wonderful orchestra in the future.
ANTWERP SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
6. -11. Feb 2024
19. - 23. Feb 2024
20. Nov 2018
Der späteste Wagner klingt gar nicht wie Wagner
Jun Märkl dirigierte erstmals in der Alten Oper das Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester und begeisterte auf Anhieb mit Werken von Wagner, Mendelssohn und Strauss. Was müssen das für Konzertereignisse gewesen sein, als sich in Frankfurt die Furtwänglers, Mengelbergs und wie sie alle hießen, bei den "Musterkonzerten" die Klinke in die Hand gehaben. Fast schien die große Tradition wie ungenbrochen. Ein so geglücktes Konzert, ein so beglücktes Spiel des Museumsorchesters, ein so mucksmäuschenaufmerksames Puplikum erlebt man in der Alten Oper nicht häufig. Das Programm: deutsche Romantik pur. Jun Märkl und das Museumsorchester gestalteten es fern jeglicher Bräsigkeit. Dass Richard Wagners Sinfonie in C-Dur in den Konzertsälen ein kärgliches Schattendasein führt, ist nachvollziebar: dem Jugendwerk fehlt es ziemlich an zündenden melodischen Einfällen. Ausgearneitet ist das Werk aber sehr schön und eine Beschäftigung damit lohnend. Einflüsse von Beethoven und Weber sind unverkennbar, der spätere Wagner wäre, wüsste man es nicht, kaum zu erahnen. In Märkl und dem Frankfurter Orchester fand Wagners einzige vollendete Sinfonie ideale Unterstützer. Lediglich den Signalcharakter der Pauken und Trompeten hätte man sich etwas prägnanter und angeschärfter gewünscht. Als Solist in Felix Mendelssohns Violinkonzert wickelte Augustin Hadelich das Publikum um den kleinen Finger. Er bot lupenreine Intonation, wunderschönen Geigneton, tiefe unaffektierte Empfindungen ohne Übertreibung, atemberaubende Virruosität, die wie ganz leicht hingerupft wirkte. Das bestätige auch Paganisis 24. Caprice als Zugabe. Jun Märkl gestaltete auch in Richard Strauss´ "Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche" hingebungsvoll sorgfältig, mit perfektem Timing und kluger Dramaturgie. Der Spannungsbogen führte energetisch zu den Höhepunkten hinauf, die sich im strahlenden Orchestertutti entluden und für freudiges Staunen sorgten.
Author: Markus Kuhn
01. Dec 2017
Symphonic Poems / Saint-Saens / Naxos 8.573745
“The performances from the Lille orchestra are lissom and deft, and Märkl never attempts to overload his reading with pretentiousness.” *The Guardian, December 2017*
31. May 2015
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra / Prokofiev; R. Strauss
“Märkl brought out all the zest and humour … I appreciated how the conductor brought out the inner voices and not often heard details, especially in the wind writing in the first movement…It was wonderful to watch the smiles on so many of the musicians’ faces. Obviously, they enjoyed playing this music and responded with great spark, and energy. It appears that Märkl had established a good rapport with the musicians of the orchestra….Märkl guided the orchestra in a reading that is alert, elegant, and always beautiful.” *Music and Arts, June 2015*
JUN MÄRKL - Conductor Music Director - Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Jan 2024 Music Director - Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor - Residentie Orchestra The Hague from 2025 Principal Guest Conductor - Oregon Symphony Jun Märkl is a highly respected interpreter of core Germanic repertoire and has become renown for his refined and idiomatic explorations of the French Impressionists. He currently serves as Music Director of the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, he has been appointed Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and is the newly appointed Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague, Netherlands. He serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Oregon Symphony. Märkl’s expertise in the world of opera and long historical relationships with the state operas of Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Berlin, the Semperoper Dresden, the Metropolitan Opera of New York, San Francisco Opera and New National Theatre in Tokyo have been complemented over the past many decades by his orchestral music directorships of the Orchestre National de Lyon, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, he Basque National Orchestra and the Malaysia Philharmonic. . Märkl regularly guest conducts the leading orchestras of North America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe and has conducted many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, NHK Tokyo, and many others. Mr. Märkl also has an extensive discography of more than 55 recordings. In recognition of his achievements in France, he was honoured in 2012 with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He studied in Munich with Sergiu Celibidache, at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Märkl is highly dedicated to work with young musicians: for many years he worked as Principal Conductor at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. He teaches as a Guest Professor at the Kunitachi College of Music Tokyo and he recently founded the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan.