Marek Janowski was born in 1939 in Warsaw. I grew up and studied in Germany. Having gained significant experience as a conductor (leading orchestras in Aix-la-Chapelle, Cologne and Düsseldorf), he received his first significant post – the post of musical director in Freiburg (1973-1975), and then a similar position in Dortmund (1975-1979). During this period, Maestro Yanovsky received many invitations for both opera productions and concert activities. Since the late 1970s, he has regularly staged performances at the world’s leading theaters: at the New York Metropolitan Opera, at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, at opera houses in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Paris, San Francisco and Chicago.
In the 1990s Marek Janowski leaves the world of opera and concentrates entirely on concert activity, in which he embodies the great German traditions. In orchestras in Europe and North America, he is valued for his efficiency, based on an extremely attentive attitude to performance, for his innovative programs and his always original approach to little-known or, on the contrary, popular compositions.
Heading from 1984 to 2000 the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, he brought this orchestra to the highest international level. From 1986 to 1990, Marek Janowski was at the helm Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne, in 1997-1999. was the first guest conductor of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. From 2000 to 2005 he directed the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and in parallel, from 2001 to 2003, he conducted the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2002, Marek Janowski has been artistic director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in 2005 he also assumes artistic and musical direction of the Orchestra of Romanesque Switzerland.
The conductor regularly collaborates in the United States with the Pittsburgh, Boston, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, as well as with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In Europe, he stood at the console, in particular, the Orchestra of Paris, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Danish Radio Orchestra in Copenhagen and the NDR Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. For more than 35 years, Marek Janowski’s highest professional reputation has been supported by over 50 recordings of operas and symphonic cycles he made, many of which were awarded international prizes. His recording of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, made with the Dresden Staatschapel in 1980-1983, is still considered a reference.
For the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner, which is celebrated in 2013, Marek Janowski will release on the label Pentatone recordings of 10 operas by the great German composer: The Flying Dutchman, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Tristan and Isolde, The Nuremberg Mastersingers, Parsifal, as well as the tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen. All operas will be recorded live with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by maestro Janowski.
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