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Markus Stenz (Conductor)

Born: 28th February 1965, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany

Nationality: German

Markus Stenz is a German conductor. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik Köln with Volker Wangenhein and at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa.

Stenz has served as Artistic Director of the Montepulciano Festival (1989–1995), and Principal Conductor of the London Sinfonietta (1994–1998). In Australia, from 1998 to 2004, he was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO), which he took on their first European tour in 2000. Stenz is known for his championing of contemporary composers, which included the appointment of Brett Dean as the MSO's composer-in-residence in 2001.

Stenz was Principal Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra (Gürzenich-Kapellmeister) from 2003 to 2014.

Further Reading: Markus Stenz

 Recording of the Week, Markus Stenz conducts Schoenberg's Gurrelieder

James listens to Markus Stenz and the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln's new recording of Schoenberg's colossal epic.

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