Biography WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln & Marek Janowski

Marek Janowski
has been artistic director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin since 2002, and was offered a lifetime position by the orchestra in 2008. In 2005, he was also appointed musical director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva. Between 1984-2000, as musical director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, he led the orchestra to international fame as the leading French orchestra. In addition, he had been artistic director of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne (1986-1990), the Dresdner Philharmonie (2001-2003), and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo (2000-2005).

Marek Janowski receives regular invitations to guest-conduct from leading orchestras world-wide, thanks to his fresh and unusual insights into works which tend to be underestimated, or apparently over-familiar. He is in demand as guest conductor through- out the world, and works in the USA on a regular basis with the Pittsburgh Symphony (where he holds the Otto Klemperer Guest Conducting Chair), the Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, and in Europe with the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchester der Tonhalle Zurich, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen and the NDR-Sinfonieorchester Hamburg.

Marek Janowski was born in Warsaw in 1939, but grew up and was educated in Germany. He has accepted positions as general music director in Aachen, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, and Dortmund. Since the late 1970’s, he has appeared regularly at all the major opera houses world-wide, including the Metropolitan Opera New York, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, San Francisco, Hamburg, Vienna and Paris. More than 50 recordings – most of which have received various international prizes – including many opera recordings and complete symphonic cycles over the past 35 years have demonstrated the special mastery of the conductor Marek Janowski. To this day, his complete recordings (1980-83) of Richard Wagner’s tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen with the Staatskapelle Dresden is consid- ered one of the most musically interesting ever to have been made of this work. Major recording projects have already been completed in Berlin, including Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and the recording of Henze’s complete symphonies.

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