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Marek Janowski

Marek Janowski (born 18 February 1939 in Warsaw) is a Polish-born German conductor.

Janowski grew up in Wuppertal near Cologne, Germany after his mother traveled there at the start of World War II to be with her parents. His father disappeared in Poland during the war.[1]

Janowski has served as music director in Freiburg and at the Dortmund Opera conducting the Dortmunder Philharmoniker, the latter from 1973 to 1979. He served as Kapellmeister of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne, from 1986 to 1990. Earlier, in 1984, he became the music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (then called the Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique) in Paris, a position he held until 2000. From 2000 to 2009, Janowski served as Principal Conductor of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.[2] He was also Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic from 2001 to 2004.

Since 2002, he has been the chief conductor of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, with a contract for life with the orchestra at the time.[3] He is scheduled to conclude his Berlin tenure after the 2015-2016 season.[4]In the 2005/06 season, Janowski began his tenure as Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR), with an initial contract of five years. In September 2008, his contract with the OSR was extended to 2015.[5] However, in January 2010, in a change to the September 2008 contract extension, Janowski and the OSR mutually agreed on the scheduled conclusion of his directorship of the OSR after the 2011-2012 season.[6]

In the USA, beginning in 2005, Janowski served as one of the conductors in a "triumvirate" of conductor leadership with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO), with Sir Andrew Davis and Yan Pascal Tortelier, providing artistic guidance for the orchestra in the absence of a single music director. This arrangement ended in 2008 after the accession of Manfred Honeck as the PSO's music director. Janowski now holds the Otto Klemperer Guest Conductor Chair with the PSO. He has recorded the four symphonies of Johannes Brahms with the PSO.[7]

Janowski has conducted most of the major opera houses of the world (including Arabella, Salome and Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Metropolitan Opera). He has made a number of operatic recordings, including the first digital recording of the complete Ring Cycle of Richard Wagner between 1980 and 1983 for RCA, with the Staatskapelle Dresden. He and that orchestra had earlier made the first recordings of Die schweigsame Frau by Richard Strauss, in 1976 for EMI, and of Euryanthe by Carl Maria von Weber, in 1974 for Philips, with Jessye Norman and Nicolai Gedda singing the lead roles. Another operatic first recording was of Krysztof Penderecki's The Devils of Loudun with the Hamburg State Opera, shortly after he led the world premiere of the work in 1969.


  1. ^ Andrew Druckenbrod (2008-02-01). "PSO greeted by carnival atmosphere in Cologne; makes 'special' visit to Wuppertal". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  2. ^ Kevin Shihoten (23 October 2007). "Monte Carlo Philharmonic Names New Director". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  3. ^ "Der Dirigent Marek Janowski wird 70". Die Welt. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  4. ^ Peter Uehling (2015-09-22). "Vladimir Jurowski wird RSB-Chefdirigent". Berliner Zeitung. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  5. ^ "L'Orchestre de la Suisse romande conforte son avenir et offre un CD à tous les Genevois". Tribune de Genève. 2009-09-05. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  6. ^ Sylvie Bonier (2010-01-21). "Marek Janowski quittera l’OSR en 2012". Tribune de Genève. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  7. ^ Andrew Druckenbrod (2007-08-28). "Music Review: First PSO Brahms disc strong, but not electrifying". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 

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Preceded by
Gilbert Amy
Music Director, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Succeeded by
Myung-whun Chung
Preceded by
Yuri Ahronovitch
Kapellmeister, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
Succeeded by
James Conlon

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B.Z. Berlin

B.Z. Berlin
Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:00:00 -0700

Der Nachfolger von Chefdirigent Marek Janowski steht fest. Der russische Dirigent Wladimir Jurowski wird den Posten übernehmen und das Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin leiten, wie der Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg berichtet. Der 76-jährige Janowski ...

Cutting Edge

Cutting Edge
Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:14:48 -0700

Vooral voor de jongere muziekliefhebber lijkt het alsof Marek Janowski er altijd al geweest is. Reeds in de vroege jaren zeventig brak hij als dirigent door, waarna hij in Duitsland en Frankrijk enkele gegeerde functies waarnam bij orkesten die ...


Sun, 04 Oct 2015 02:33:45 -0700

Deutsche Musik im Herzen Europas: Marek Janowski mit dem Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Der Dirigent Marek Janowski ist seit 2002 künstlerischer Leiter des Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin. Bild vergrößern Der Dirigent Marek Janowski ist seit ...

Berliner Zeitung

Berliner Zeitung
Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:01:42 -0700

Das Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Auf Marek Janowski folgt Wladimir Jurowski. Während bei Janowski das orchestererzieherische im Vordergrund stand, könnte es unter dem 33 Jahre jüngeren Jurowski wieder ...
Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:56:15 -0700

... and Christine Brewer; and visiting conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Pablo Heras-Casado, Susanna Mälkki, Vladimir Ashkenazy, James Conlon, Stéphane Denève, Marek Janowski, Edwin Outwater, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Itzhak Perlman ...
Deutschlandradio Kultur
Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:30:44 -0700

Ohne seine Nachbarn wäre Deutschland gar nichts - das gilt insbesondere für die Musik. Das zu zeigen ist Marek Janowski und seinem Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin ein Anliegen. Am Vorabend des 25.Tages der Deutschen Einheit spielen sie Musik ...


Fri, 18 Sep 2015 00:41:15 -0700

Marek Janowski und das Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester präparieren in diesem Musikfest-Konzert in der Philharmonie den an- und abschwellenden Themenreigen schön heraus, lassen Geister tanzen, den Blick über arkadische Landschaften schweifen, ein ...

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Wed, 09 Sep 2015 07:51:25 -0700

... von Dohnányi (2008), James Levine (2006), Marek Janowski (2005), Hans Graf (2004), James Conlon (2003), Roger Norrington (2002), and Zubin Mehta (2001), just to list those of the current century. This fantastic diversity is reason enough to join ...

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