Ion Marin, internationally sought-after conductor, founder of the Cantus Mundi National Program and holder of the Claudio Abbado Endowed Professorship at the University Mozarteum, will conduct the University Mozarteum Symphony Orchestra for the first time at the Haus für Mozart on October 18. A conversation about truth, happiness and the power of music.
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.