Marek Janowski

Born in 1939 in Warsaw and educated in Germany, Marek Janowski has been Artistic Director of the Berlin Radio Symphony since 2002. His artistic path led him from assistant positions in Aachen, Cologne, D├╝sseldorf, and Hamburg to his appointment as general music director in Freiburg im Breisgau (1973-75) and Dortmund (1975-79).

Mr. Janowski will conduct Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Bayreuth Festival in 2016 and 2017. Other guest conducting engagements include appearances with the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, Bamberg Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and the Oslo Philharmonic. In April 2016 he conducts two concert performances of Siegfried with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the third part of his Ring Cycle the Spring Festival in Tokyo. He returns to the US each season, working with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Janowski made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1990 and he has returned several times since then, most recently in May 2013.

From 1984 to 2000 Mr. Janowski served as music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. His other positions have included chief conductor of the G├╝rzenich Orchestra in Cologne (1986 to 1990), first guest conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (1997 to 1999), music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (2000 to 2005), and chief conductor with the Dresden Philharmonic (2001 to 2003). He has been a regular guest in leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera and the Bavarian State Opera, and in cities such as Chicago, San Francisco, Hamburg, Vienna, Berlin, and Paris, among many others.

Mr. Janowski has made numerous recordings over the past thirty years, including a large number of complete operas and symphonic cycles, many of which have been awarded international prizes. He recorded Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the Staatskapelle Dresden from 1980 to 1983. A recording project of Wagner’s complete operas with the Berlin Radio Symphony for Pentatone was completed in 2013. His recent Bruckner cycle, recorded for Pentatone with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, has also been accorded high praise.  

(January 2016)