Chief Conductor & Artistic Director, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Manager: Ashlee Willaman
Management Territory: North America
"Here was a conductor 100-percent engaged, a leader actively involved in the process of making music. Few passages in the lengthy score lacked his direct imprint as Janowski, performing from memory, demanded continual variety of tempo and volume." Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer, February 24, 2012
"Janowski's visits to Davies are always a high point of the Symphony season, and Saturday's concert - the last in a shortened weekend-only run - was no exception. He led the Brahms with clarity and poise, supporting the soloists with vigorous orchestral textures but ceding them the spotlight as necessary." Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, May 19, 2013
...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
Marek Janowski in Cleveland for splendid Fauré, Franck and Britten with Matthew Polenzani "Janowski led an urgent performance that capitalized on The Cleveland Orchestra’s clarity and precision. He saved the music from becoming lugubrious, allowing many details to shine through, and illuminating the many thematic connections among the movements." Timothy Robson, https://bachtrack.com, October 14, 2013
“Janowski achieves incandescence with his Berlin Radio orchestra”
The Sunday Times, November 2012
Marek Janowski is Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and since
the start of his tenure in 2002 he has built the orchestra into a world class ensemble.
Janowski is one of the great masters and exponents of the music of the German
tradition. He is recognized throughout the world for his interpretation of repertoire
including Wagner, Strauss, Bruckner and Brahms, Hindemith and the Second
Viennese School, and has an extensive and distinguished discography in this
repertoire. . . . His Wagner opera cycle with the RSB in Berlin’s Philharmonie in 2012 and
2013 set a new standard of performance in concertante opera. The complete cycle
was recorded live on Pentatone.
Marek Janowski will conduct Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Bayreuth Festival in 2016
and 2017. Other guest conducting engagements include the WDR Sinfonieorchester
Köln, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna
Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and the Oslo
Philharmonic Orchestra. In April 2016 Marek Janowski will conduct two concert
performances of Siegfried with Tokyo Opera Nomori, the third part of his Ring Cycle
with the NHK Symphony Orchestra for the Spring Festival in Tokyo. He returns to the
US each season, working with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, San
Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra.
Born 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 worldrenowned
opera house where he has not been a regular guest since the late 1970s,
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.
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 Paris,
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 Bruckner cycle with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, recorded for Pentatone
has also been accorded high praise and of Bruckner Symphony No.3, 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). With the final release (Götterdämmerung) in November
2013, Marek Janowski’s complete Wagner cycle for Pentatone was described by the
Guardian as “the most ambitious recording project marking this year's bicentenary”.