Markus Stenz, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Conductor-in-Residence of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, is known for his vibrant, masterful musical interpretations with a special passion for German orchestral works. His previous positions have included General Music Director of the City of Cologne and Gürzenich-Kapellmeister, Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, Music Director of the Montepulciano Festival, Principal Conductor of the London Sinfonietta and Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Maestro Stenz’s expansive, multi-continental 2017-2018 season reflects the breadth of his artistry and international regard as an inspirational collaborator. Across North America, Stenz serves as guest conductor of the St. Louis, Colorado, Utah, and San Diego Symphonies, and the Minnesota Orchestra, with a fresh programming mix of the classical canon and lesser-known repertoire. Returning in his role as Principal Guest Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Stenz gives three performances in the fall of sprawling Germanic works by Mendelsohn, Bruch, and Wagner as a part of the BSO’s “Wagner’s Quest” series; in the spring, he leads brilliant, lively programs of orchestral works by Beethoven, Korngold, Liszt, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, and Wagner. Overseas, Maestro Stenz leads powerful programs at major halls in Brazil, Britain, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and in South Korea.
Markus Stenz has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Berlin Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Vienna Symphony, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, and the Symphony Orchestras of the Bayerische Rundfunk, HR, WDR and NDR. In the United States he has led the Chicago, Houston, Seattle, and St. Louis Symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Boston and Dallas Symphony Orchestras. He resides in Cologne, Germany, with his family.