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Markus Poschner – Conductor

Born in Munich, Markus Poschner was awarded the German Conductors Prize in 2004 and has since then received regular invitations from top orchestras both on the national and international platform. Nowadays he is above-all known for his breath-taking interpretations and recordings of Beethoven, Brahms and Mahler. Having studied at the local conservatory in Munich and as assistant of Sir Roger Norrington and Sir Colin Davies, Markus Poschner became Kapellmeister at Komische Oper Berlin in 2006. His collaboration with directors like Nicolas Stemann, Hans Neuenfels, Peter Konwitschny, Andreas Homoki and Sebastian Baumgarten lead the Neue Zürcher Zeitung to describe him as the „most promising up-and-coming talent“.

In 2007 Markus Poschner was appointed GMD of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. Together with the Bremen Philharmonic Markus Poschner, who is also an excellent Jazz-pianist, rapidly gained reputation for his innovative and adventurous programming, interpretation and presentation. Combined with his unique gift of communication he created a continuing audience boom. At Bremen Theatre he developed new ideas and forms of contemporary music theatre together with director Benedikt von Peter.

Starting with the 2015/16 season Markus Poschner assumed the position of Chief Conductor of the only Swiss radio orchestra: the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, at the beginning of his first season he presented a complete Brahms-cycle in the much-praised new concert hall LAC situated on the shore of lake Lugano. In 2016/17 he and the orchestra will be embarking their first European tour together.

Markus Poschner has been invited by many of the most renowned orchestras and opera houses, including e.g. Staatskapelle Dresden, Dresdner Philharmoniker, Bamberger Symphon­iker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the radio symphony orchestras in Berlin, Leipzig, Stuttgart and Cologne, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Wiener Kammerorchester, Orchestre Philhar­monique de Monte Carlo, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, as well as Staatsoper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Hamburg­ische Staatsoper, Oper Köln, Oper Frankfurt and Opernhaus Zürich.

Markus Poschner enjoys close artistic ties with many of the above orchestras and opera houses, as e.g. with Staatsoper Berlin, where he had his debut in 2014 with a new production of the Wagner/Jelinek-evening Rein Gold directed by Nicolas Stemann. He also followed the invitation to conduct Tosca and The Magic Flute and was responsible for the entire series of Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman in 2015/16. His collaboration with the opera houses in Frankfurt (Messiah in 2016) and Zurich (Fidelio in 2015) equally led to immediate re-invitations.

From 2010-14 Markus Poschner was First Guest Conductor of Dresdner Philharmonie, conducting the entire Beethoven symphonies. He remains a regular guest of the orchestra and is currently presenting a Mahler-cycle. Since 2002 Markus Poschner has also been First Guest Conductor of Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, on which he has an equally strong formative influence as with the legendary Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt which he led as Chief Conductor from 2000-06.
Markus Poschner’s bold and offbeat approach, especially as far as the classic works of the repertoire are concerned rapidly convinced the critics: „…have not heard Beethoven performed so breathtakingly in a long time“ raved the Tages­spiegel, „Extra applause again and again for the young conductor“ reported the FAZ, „enchanting interpretations“ was the praise in the Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten and „ingenious“ in Die Welt. The Süddeutsche Zeitung described his debut in his hometown: „Poschner lets the Munich Philharmonic shine magnificently time and again“.

In July 2010 Markus Poschner was appointed professor at the Institute of Musicology by the University of Bremen.

In January 2018, the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) prize for the category “DVD Performance” has been awarded to the boxed set Rereading Brahms of the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana and its principal conductor Markus Poschner. The production contains all Brahms symphonies in a special version.

Since the season 2017/18, Markus Poschner is Chief Conductor of the Bruckner Orchester Linz and Music Director of the Landestheater Linz.