Marc Minkowski


Originally a bassoonist, Marc Minkowski began conducting at an early age, notably under the guidance 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 that played an active role in the Baroque revival and with which he explored the French repertoire (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 tackling Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Jacques Offenbach, Georges Bizet or Richard Wagner.

He travels throughout Europe, with or without his orchestra, from Salzburg(DieEntführungaus dem Serail, Die Fledermaus, Mitridate,Così fan tutte, Lucio Silla in 2013) to Brussels(La Cenerentola, Massenet'sDon Quixote, Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots, Il trovatore in 2012) and from Aix-en-Provence(L'incoronazione di Poppea, Le nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo, DieEntfürungaus dem Serail, Don Giovanniawiththe London Symphony Orchestra in 2013) to Zurich(Il trionfo del Tempo, Giulio Cesare, Agrippina, LesBoréades, Fidelio, La Favorite), via the Musikfest Bremen. 

He is regularly on the bill at the Paris Opera(Platée, Idomeneo, DieZauberflöte, Ariodante, Giulio Cesare,Iphigénieen Tauride, Mireille) and at the Théâtre du Châtelet(La BelleHélène, LaGrande-DuchessedeGérolstein, Carmen, Die Feen by Wagner). He also performed at the Opéra-Comique where he revived Boieldieu's La Dame blanche, conducted PelléasetMélisande in 2002 for the centenary of the work, and Massenet's Cendrillon, but also in Venice( Auber'sLe Domino noir ), Moscow (stage creation of PelléasetMélisande in Russia), Berlin(Robert le Diable, Il trionfo del Tempo), Amsterdam(Romeoand Juliet,Iphigeniasin Aulis and Tauride) and Vienna, at the Theater an der Wien(Hamlet) and at the Staatsoper, where Les Musiciens du Louvre is in 2010, the first French orchestra to perform in the pit(Alcina by Handel) Marc Minkowski is also the regular guest of symphony orchestras with whom his repertoire is increasingly evolving towards the 19th and 20th centuries of Anton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler, Edvard Grieg, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Lili Boulanger, Albert Roussel, John Adams or Olivier Greif.

He is a frequent guest in Germany - with the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Berlin Philharmonic, the DSO Berlin, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra - and also conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchester, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Orchestra, the Toulouse Capitol National Orchestra, the Salzburg Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the German Radio Orchestra, the German National Orchestra, the German National Orchestra and the German National Orchestra, He also conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Orchestra, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been invited several times by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. After the success in 2009 with Les Musiciens du Louvre for a complete recording of Joseph Haydn's London Symphonies recorded live at the Wiener Konzerthaus (Naïve), the same hall welcomes them for the complete symphonies of Franz Schubert in 2012. In 2013, he recorded Richard Wagner and Louis Dietsch's Les Vaisseauxfantômes with his orchestra, and in 2014 Bach's St. John Passion.

Marc Minkowski has been appointed Artistic Director of the Mozartwoche in Salzburg, where he has been in charge of programming since January 2013. In January 2015, he invited 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 island of Ré. He has been appointed General Director of the National Opera of Bordeaux.


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