Marc minkowski


Initially a bassoonist, Marc Minkowski began to conduct conducting at a very young age, notably under the gaze of Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux Memorial School in the United States. At the age of nineteen, he founded Les Musiciens du Louvre, an ensemble which took an active part in the Baroque renewal and with which he cleared the French repertoire as well (Lully, Rameau, Campra, Marais, Mouret, Rebel, Mondonville…) as well as Georg Friedrich Handel (Il trionfo del Tempo, Amadigi, Teseo, Ariodante, Giulio Cesare, Hercules, Semele), before approaching Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Jacques Offenbach, Georges Bizet or Richard Wagner.

He travels through Europe, with or without his orchestra, from Salzburg (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Die Fledermaus, Mitridate, Così fan tutte, Lucio Silla in 2013) in Brussels (La Cenerentola, Don Quixote from Massenet, The Huguenots from Meyerbeer, The Troubadour in 2012) and Aix ‐ en ‐ Provence (L'incoronazione di Poppea, Le nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo, Die Entfürung aus dem Serail, Don Giovanniwith the London Symphony Orchestra in 2013) in Zurich (Il trionfo del Tempo, Giulio Cesare, Agrippina, Les Boréades, Fidelio, The Favorite), passing by the Musikfest Bremen. 

He is regularly featured in the Paris Opera (Horizontal PLatformée, Idomeneo, Die Zauberflöte, Ariodante, Giulio Cesare, Iphigédenies Tauride, Mireille) and the Châtelet theater (La Belle Hélène, The Great-Duchess of Gérolstein, carmen, die feen by Wagner). He also performs at the Opéra-Comique where he resuscitates The White Lady de Boieldieu, conductor in 2002 Skinéace and mélisand for the centenary of the work, Cinderella Massenet, but still in Venice (The black Domino d'Aber), Moscow (scenic creation of Skinéace and mélisand in Russia), Berlin (Robert the Devil, Il trionfo del Tempo), Amsterdam (Romeéo and Juliette, the Iphigéborn in Aulide and Tauride) and Vienna, at the theater an der Wien (Hamlet) and at the Staatsoper, where Les Musiciens du Louvre was in 2010, the first French orchestra to perform in the pit (Alcina by Handel). Marc Minkowski is also a regular guest of symphonic orchestras with which his repertoire evolves more and more towards the 19th and 20th centuries from Anton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler, Edvard Grieg, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Lili Boulanger, Albert Roussel, John Adams or Olivier Greif.

Often invited to Germany - by the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Berlin Philharmonic, the DSO Berlin, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Bayerische Staatsoper orchestra or the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra - he also conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra , the Wiener Symphoniker, the Mozarteum Orchester de Salzburg, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Orchestra, the Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. He is invited on several occasions by the Wiener Philharmoniker. After the success in 2009 with Les Musiciens du Louvre during a complete London Symphonies by Joseph Haydn recorded live at the Wiener Konzerthaus (Naïve), the same room welcomes them for the complete symphonies of Franz Schubert in 2012. In 2013, he recorded The ghost shipsômonth by Richard Wagner and Louis Dietsch with his orchestra, and in 2014 Passion according to Saint John from Bach.

Marc Minkowski has been appointed artistic director of the Mozartwoche in Salzburg, where he has been programming since January 2013. In January 2015, he invites Bartabas and his equestrian academy for a new production of Davide Penitente by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In June 2011, he created the Ré Majeure festival on the Île de Ré. He was appointed Director General of the Opéra national de Bordeaux.


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