Manager: Jean-Jacques Cesbron
Management Territory: Worldwide
“Specifically, it was German conductor Markus Huber who brought the music to Des Moines. He has experience as both a conductor of symphonies and of choirs, which may be why he was chosen to command the 80-person orchestra and 140 singers in the absence of Shore… During the week preceding the performance, Huber brought together the Westminister Oratorio Choir, Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus, Iowa Youth Chorus and Des Moines Symphony. He did a terrific job, making the groups look and sound as if they’d been functioning as a unit for some time.” Amanda Pierre – Des Moines Register
"... transparent strings, bubbly woodwinds, brutal grimacing in the brass, great sadness in the slow movement. ... this interpretation conveyed a wonderful sense of dignity." - (Shostakovich 9th Symphony, Dvoràk 7th Symphony) Leipziger Volkszeitung
“It’s to Huber’s credit that he inspired such enthusiasm from the performers, who threw themselves full force at the work…” Ron Hubbard – St. Paul Pioneer Press
Markus Huber was born in Munich, Germany in 1968. As a soloist of the Tölzer Knabenchor, he worked from an early age with notable musicians such as Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Nicolaus Harnoncourt and Dennis Russel Davies. He studied at the Musikhochschule in Munich and Vienna with Leopold Hager (conducting) and Karl-Hermann Mrongovius (piano) amongst others. At that time, he worked as répétiteur for the stage direction class of August Everding and held a teaching position for piano accompaniment.
Markus Huber began his conducting . . . career as répétiteur and conductor at the Landestheater Detmold. One year later, he held the same position as well as that of the second chorus director at Opernhaus Chemnitz , where he was appointed principal conductor of the Collegium Instrumentale Chemnitz in 1999. Between 2002 and 2007, he was principal guest conductor of the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra, and in 2003 he became principal conductor of Westsächsisches Sinfonieorchester Leipzig. Since 2008, Markus Huber has been the Music Director of Opera Pforzheim.
Markus Huber took the stand at many renowned orchestras, such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, ORF-Symphonieorchester and Saarländischer Rundfunk, among others. In 1999, he won the second prize of the international conducting competition "Boris Perrenoud" in Vienna. (A first prize was not awarded). Between 1998 and 2001, he taught art song interpretation at the international summer course "Aristoxenos" in Greece. Furthermore, he accompanied solo recitals of Edith Wiens, Josef Protschka, Boris Statsenko und Thomas Mähthger.