Marek Janowski

Marek Janowski

Chief Conductor & Artistic Director, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin

"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,, 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. . . .

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