Marek Janowski is one of the great masters of the music of the German tradition, recognized throughout the world for his interpretation of Wagner, Strauss, Bruckner and Brahms, Hindemith and the Second Viennese School, and in which he has an extensive and acclaimed discography. He takes up post as Chief Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic beginning in the 2019-20 season. Previously he served as Artistic Director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSB), which he built and transformed into one of the world's finest ensembles over the course of thirteen seasons (2002-2015). His live recordings of the Wagner opera cycle with the RSB, released on Pentatone in 2016, set a new standard of performance in concertante opera.

In the 2017-18 season, Marek Janowski guest conducts the Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Hamburg Philharmonic, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimer, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Teatro Regio di Torino, and NHK Symphony Orchestra. In both 2016 and 2017 he conducted Wagner's Ring Cycle at Bayreuth.

Born in Warsaw and educated in Germany, maestro Janowski enjoys an outstanding reputation among the premier opera houses and symphony orchestras of Europe and North America. He has been a regular visitor to North America since his 1983 U.S. debut with the San Francisco Opera, and has since forged lasting relationships with many top orchestras including those of Boston, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and San Francisco. Other U.S. orchestras and opera companies he has conducted include the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  

Marek Janowski's former posts include Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (2000-2005), Chief Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic (2001-03), Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (1984-2000), Principal Guest Conductor of the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (1997-99), Chief Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne (1986-90), and General Music Director in Freiburg im Breisgau (1973-75) and Dortmund (1975-79).

 

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