Jun Märkl conducts the world’s leading orchestras, such as The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. He has long been a highly respected interpreter of the core Germanic repertoire from both the symphonic and operatic traditions, and more recently for his refined and idiomatic Debussy, Ravel, and Messiaen.
He was Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 2005-11 and of the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig until 2012. In recognition of his tenure in Lyon and his hugely successful nine-disc Debussy cycle with the orchestra, in 2012 he was honored by the French Ministry of Culture with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Märkl has recorded Mahler and the complete Schumann symphonies live with the NHK Symphony and Dvořák with the Indianapolis Symphony.
Born in Munich, his (German) father was a distinguished Concertmaster and his (Japanese) mother a solo pianist. He studied violin, piano, and conducting at the Musikhochschule in Hannover. In 1986 he won the conducting competition of the Deutsche Musikrat and a year later won a scholarship from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to study at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa.
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