Markus Stenz chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Markus Stenz will become the chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the start of the 2012-2013 season. He will sign a contract for the appointment on Thursday August 26 at the Netherlands Broadcasting Music Center. The contract is for three seasons, with the possibility of an extension for three more years. Stenz will take over from Jaap van Zweden, who will remain affiliated with the orchestra as honorary guest conductor.
Markus Stenz has a strong reputation as an interpreter of the contemporary symphonic repertoire and music dramas. He is considered an especially important advocate of the music of Hans Werner Henze and has premiered several of the German composer’s operas. Stenz is also highly regarded for his performances of Classical and Romantic works: Beethoven, Bruckner, and especially Mahler and Wagner. In addition, he is a distinguished opera conductor with many international engagements. Finally, he has shown great commitment in recent years to the use of new media.
Stenz’s profile makes him exceptionally well-suited to safeguard the quality and versatility of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the coming years. This will enable the orchestra to continue emphasizing its specific, distinctive role in Dutch musical life.
Stenz first worked with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Choir in April 2002. In a Saturday Matinee concert, he conducted the Dutch premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s opera The Bassarids. He was invited back for the performance of the suite version of The Tempest by Thomas Adès and Earth Dances by Harrison Birtwhistle (June 2006), the Sankt-Bach-Passion by Mauricio Kagel (December 2008), and the full version of Adès’s opera The Tempest (May 2009).
This season, Stenz will conduct the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Choir on April 23 in the Dutch premiere of Walter Braunfels’ Te Deum. Performances are planned in the 2011-2012 season of Henze’s L’Upupa und der Triumph des Sohnesliebe, Glanert’s Caligula and Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied.
Markus Stenz (foto: Catrin Moritz)
Laatste aanpassing op Tuesday 17 August 2010