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Ion Marin

Univ.-Prof. for Orchestral ConductingDepartment Conducting, Choir & Wind Band Conducting
Ion Marin is one of the few conductors with an international reputation in both symphonic music and opera. He is a regular guest at the world's major opera houses - including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper and Opéra National de Paris - and has conducted all the major European orchestras.
... including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchester National de France, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He performs regularly in Japan, conducting the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In 2019 he was appointed artistic director of the newly formed European Union Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the 2019/20 season he worked with Lang Lang, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and jazz pianist Chick Corea. He has also performed with the Orchestra National de France, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony. Since 2014/15 he has been principal guest conductor of the Hamburger Symphoniker.

His discography of over 40 tracks released by Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, EMI, Sony and Philips earned him three Grammy nominations, the Diapason d'Or and the German Recording Critics Award. Recent releases include the Waldbühne Concerto with Renee Fleming and the Berlin Philharmonic, Beethoven's Violin Concerto with David Garrett and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bruch's Violin Concertos with Guy Braunstein and the Bamberg Symphony. In 2012 he received the ECHO Klassik Award in the bestseller category.

Ion Marin is known for its creative, engaging and innovative programming, as well as for its broad symphonic and vocal repertoire. Most recently he has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, all of which have focused on the music of Gustav Mahler. Soloists with whom he performs regularly include Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Maxim Vengerov, Gidon Kremer, Hélène Grimaud, Placido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu and a number of other leading instrumentalists and singers. He has also worked with Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich and Alexis Weissenberg.

Born in Romania, Ion Marin studied composition, piano and conducting at the George Enescu Music Academy and at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. He also studied  philosophy and religious history. In 1986 he went to Vienna where he became resident conductor of the Vienna State Opera during Claudio Abbado's tenure (1987-1991) and worked with some of the leading singers including Luciano Pavarotti, Agnes Baltsa, Hermann Beute, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Giuseppe Taddei, Edita Gruberova, Gundula Janowitz, Mirella Freni and Jose Carreras. In addition, the collaboration with Herbert von Karajan and Carlos Kleiber enriched his work.

In 2012 he initiated the projects  Cantus Mundi  and  Symphonia Mundi, dedicated to the education and social integration of disadvantaged children through music. He lives with his wife and son in Lugano, Switzerland.