Biography

Marc Minkowski plays an active role in promoting classical music both though his exciting career as conductor, and as an artistic administrator. He is currently General Manager of the Opéra National de Bordeaux, having been appointed in 2016, was the Artistic Director of the Mozartwoche (Mozart Week), Salzburg from 2013 to 2017 and became the Artistic Advisor of Kanazawa Orchestra (Japan) from September 2018. In addition, he founded the orchestra Les Musiciens du Louvre in 1982 and created the Ré Majeure Festival on Île de Ré (French Atlantic coast) in 2011. In 2018, he was honored as a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
After studying the bassoon, Marc Minkowski began conducting at an early age, then followed maestro Charles Bruck’s academy at the Pierre Monteux Memorial School, Hancock, Maine. At the age of nineteen, he founded Les Musiciens du Louvre, an ensemble that was to play an active role in the revival of Baroque music. Under his direction, Les Musiciens du Louvre explored both French Baroque music and Handel, before expanding their repertoire to include Mozart, Rossini, Offenbach, Bizet, and Wagner.
Marc Minkowski regularly appears in many of the world’s most highly-regarded opera houses and concert halls. In Paris, he has conducted Idomeneo, Platée, Die Zauberflöte, Ariodante, Giulio Cesare, Iphigénie en Tauride, Mireille and Alceste at the Opéra National; La Belle Hélène, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, Carmen and Die Feen at the Théâtre du Châtelet; and La Dame blanche, Pelléas et Mélisande, Cendrillon, Die Fledermaus, Mârouf and Manon at the Opéra Comique.  He has conducted several operas at the Salzburg Festival. His other international engagements have included: San Francisco, Brussels, Zurich, Venice, Moscow, Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna  and Aix-en-Provence. Since the 2014-2015 season, he has appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Teatro alla Scala. At the Opéra National de Bordeaux, he has conducted Pelléas et Mélisande, La Vie Parisienne, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Manon.
Marc Minkowski is also in high demand on the concert platform in standard and modern symphonic repertoire, conducting orchestras such as DSO Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, Berlin Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, BBCSO, City of Birmingham SO, Kanazawa Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Mariinsky Orchestra among others.
Although raised in Paris, both his heritage – American mother, French father, Swiss, Czech and Polish grandparents – and frequent travels for work have lead him to become a global citizen.
 

Discography

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