Marek Janowski

Born 1939

Marek Janowski



Marek Janowski has been Artistic Director of the Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin) since 2002 and in 2005 he was also appointed Musical Director of theOrchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva (2005-2012). He is in demand as a guest conductor throughout the world, working on a regular basis in the USA with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (where he holds the Otto Klemperer Guest Conducting Chair), the Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and in Europe with the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchester der Tonhalle Zürich, theDanish National Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen and the NDR-Sinfonieorchester Hamburg.

Born in 1939 in Warsaw and educated in Germany, Marek Janowski’s artistic path led him from Assistant positions in Aachen, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Hamburg to his appointment as General Music Director in Freiburg im Breisgau (1973-75) and Dortmund (1975-79). Whilst in Dortmund, his reputation grew rapidly and he became greatly involved in the international opera scene. There is not one world-renowned opera house where he has not been a regular guest since the late ‘70s, from the Metropolitan Opera New York to the Bayerischer Staatsoper Munich; from Chicago and San Francisco to Hamburg; from Vienna and Berlin to Paris. 

Marek Janowski stepped back from the opera scene in the 1990’s in order to concentrate on orchestral work and was thus able to continue the great German conducting tradition in the symphonic repertoire. He is recognised for his ability to create orchestras of international standing as well as for his innovative programmes and for bringing a fresh and individual interpretation to familiar repertoire. 

Janowski has made many recordings over the past 30 years, including many complete operas and symphonic cycles, many of which have been awarded international prizes.

Photos courtesy of Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin