Jun Märkl is a highly respected interpreter of the core German repertory, and has become known for his refined and idiomatic explorations of the French Impressionists. He currently serves as Music Director of the Taiwan Philharmonic (the National Symphony Orchestra), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Residentie Orkest of The Hague. He is also serving as Artistic Advisor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Oregon Symphony in the United States. His long-standing relationships with the state operas of Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Semperoper Dresden and the Metropolitan Opera New York have been complemented by his music directorships of the Orchestre National de Lyon, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Basque National Orchestra. Jun Märkl guest conducts leading orchestras in North and South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
In recognition of his achievements in France, he was honoured in 2012 with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Märkl has an extensive discography – among the 60 albums he has recorded are the complete Schumann symphonies with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn and Wagner with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, R.Strauss and Mussorgsky with the Tonkünstler Orchester Wien and works by Ravel, Messiaen and a highly acclaimed Debussy series with the Orchestre National de Lyon. He is currently working on a cycle of works by Saint-Saëns and Toshio Hosokawa.
Born in Munich, Märkl won the conducting competition of the Deutscher Musikrat in 1986 and studied at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. Soon afterwards, he appeared in opera houses throughout Europe, Japan and USA followed by his first music directorships at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken and the Nationaltheater Mannheim.
Jun Märkl is highly dedicated to supporting young artists. He holds the position of guest professor at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, he developed programs to support young composers, conductors and orchestra musicians, he works frequently on education projects as the Pacific Music Festival, and he recently founded the National Symphony Youth Orchestra of Taiwan.