Artistic Director, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin; Musical Director, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
...the San Francisco Symphony plays awfully well under just about any circumstances. But something special seems to happen when Marek Janowski comes to town. It happened again on Thursday afternoon, when the Polish German conductor led the orchestra in a phenomenally exciting program of music by Beethoven and Schumann..... I can't remember when I've heard this symphony [Schumann 2nd] played so beautifully. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, October 18, 2008
With guest conductor Marek Janowski on the podium for last week's San Francisco Symphony program.....The exaltation was present but was never allowed to gallop out of control. Janowski had the orchestra in perfect balance, clean in texture while bursting at the seams with sonic power. Never did it slip into a mere din, but instead maintained its dignity in full splendor. ...the cream of Janowski's musicianship showed itself via the virtuoso demands of Schumann's 40-minute [2nd] Symphony. Every little detail of melody shone through the sometimes thick writing with lightness and glamour. Yet I heard not one harsh scrap of sound through these demanding passages. Heuwell Tircuit, San Francisco Classical Voice, October 18, 2008
“Janowski achieves incandescence with his Berlin Radio orchestra”
The Sunday Times, November 2012
About CD new release “Wagner – Tristan und Isolde” (Pentatone)
Marek Janowski has been Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin since 2002 and, during his tenure, has built the orchestra into a world class ensemble. His Wagner opera cycle with the RSB in Berlin’s Philharmonie has captivated Berlin audiences, setting a new standard of performance in concertante opera. The cycle continues during the 12/13 season, with performances of the complete Ring Cycle in November 2012 and March 2013 . . . .
Marek Janowski is in demand as a guest conductor throughout the world, working in the USA with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and in Europe with the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchester der Tonhalle Zürich, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the NDR-Sinfonieorchester Hamburg. In January 2013, Janowski will return to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for the first time since his departure as Musical Director and will conduct two all-Wagner concerts.
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 was invited to conduct in many of Europe’s leading opera houses. 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 1990s in order to concentrate on the great German symphonic repertoire. He now enjoys an outstanding reputation amongst the premier orchestras of Europe and North America and is recognised for his ability to create orchestras of international standing as well as for his interpretation of the core German repertoire.
Between 1984 and 2000, as Musical Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Marek Janowski took the orchestra to a position of pre-eminence in France, as well as abroad. From 1986 to 1990, in addition to his position in France, Janowski held the title of Chief Conductor of the Gürzenich-Orchester in Cologne and between 1997 and 1999, he was also First Guest Conductor of the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. From 2000 to 2005 Janowski served as Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and from 2001 to 2003 he also held the position of Chief Conductor with the Dresdner Philharmonie.
Marek 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. To this day, his recording of Richard Wagner’s complete tetralogy The Ring Cycle with the Staatskapelle Dresden (1980-83) remains one of the most distinguished and musically interesting recordings that has been made of this work. His recent Bruckner cycle, recorded for Pentatone has also been accorded high praise and of the most recent disc, Bruckner Symphony No.3 recorded with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Resmusica wrote, “After the extraordinary mixed delirium of the first movement, the inspired Marek Janowski offers a Second movement full of colour. With a grand, magnificent string section, the German conductor offers music of overwhelming emotion. What intensity, what beauty and what magnificent clarity in the continuity of the musical discourse” (Jacques Schmitt).