Ion Marin dirigent från Rumänien född 1960

Ion Marin dirigent från Rumänien född 1960

Ion Marin er international på mere end én måde; han er født i Rumænien, han er Östrigs statsborger og bor i Schweiz – og taler i øvrigt seks sprog. Han er uddannet komponist, dirigent og pianist ved George Enescu Akademiet i Bukarest,Mozarteum i Salzburg og Accademia Chiggiana i Siena. Ion Marin regnes for en af de mest spændende unge dirigenter i dag, og hans turné med Berlins Radiosymfoniorkester sidste år fik anmelderne heltop af stolene.

Ion Marin dirigent från Rumänien född 1960

Hans første virke som dirigent var på Statsoperaen i Wien, og siden har hans karriere bragt ham til alle verdens store operahuse, og han er også en flittig gæst i pladestudierne, hvor han har samarbejdet med sangere som Cecilia Bartoli, Angela Gheorghiu og Dmitri Hvorostovskij.

In English

Ion Marin (born 8 July 1960) is a Romanian-Austrian conductor. He is internationally renowned both in operatic and symphonic domains.

Early life

Born in Bucharest, son of choir conductor Constantin Marin, founder of the Madrigal Choir,  Ion Marin started studying piano and violin at the age of three. He graduated the George Enescu Music College  in 1979. In 1983 he graduated in composition at the National Music Academy of Bucharest, where he studied with Tiberiu Olah and Anatol Vieru.  His education was completed at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Carlo Zecchi and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Franco Ferrara.

Debut 1981

Following his debut in 1981, Ion Marin was appointed chief conductor of the Arad Philharmonic (Transylvania). He founded the Transylvania Chamber Orchestra that he toured in France and Italy in 1983 and 1985. Between 1982 and 1985 he guest conducted most of Romanian orchestras as well as orchestras in Czechoslovakia, German Democratic Republic and the Soviet Union.


In 1986 Ion Marin received the Gottfried von Herder Preis-Stipendium of the Vienna University.  He sought political asylum in Austria and was condemned in absence by the Romanian Ceausescu regime. He returned to conduct in Romania in 2007.

Early career

In May 1987 Ion Marin conducted Berg’s Wozzeck at the Vienna State Opera  and was hired by Claudio Abbado as his assistant conductor. In February 1988 he made his official debut with Maria Stuarda (Gruberova, Baltsa, Araiza) and became resident conductor under Abbado’s tenure as music director.

Until 1991 he conducted at the Vienna State Opera a large repertoire from Mozart to Alban Berg.

In Vienna Ion Marin collaborated with the some of the world’s greatest singers: Luciano Pavarotti (Un ballo in maschera), José Carreras (Carmen), Thomas Hampson, Gundula Janowitz, Hermann Prey (Le nozze di Figaro), Ruggero Raimondi, Agnes Baltsa (L’italiana in Algeri), Hildegard Behrens (Wozzeck), Éva Marton (Elektra), Giuseppe Taddei (L’elisir d’amore).

In 1988 Ion Marin received the Austrian citizenship by presidential decree, for special contribution to the Republic of Austria.

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:310350
Semiramide {19}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/26/1992
Debuts: Gloria Scalchi, Youmi Cho, Ion Marin
[Met Performance] CID:310390
Semiramide {20}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/30/1992
[Met Performance] CID:310460
Semiramide {21}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/5/1992
[Met Performance] CID:310500
Semiramide {22}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/9/1992
[Met Performance] CID:310540
Semiramide {23}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/13/1992
[Met Performance] CID:310570
Semiramide {24}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/16/1992
[Met Performance] CID:310610
Semiramide {25}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/20/1992
[Met Performance] CID:311070
Semiramide {26}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/7/1993
[Met Performance] CID:311130
Semiramide {27}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/13/1993
[Met Performance] CID:311160
Semiramide {28}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/16/1993
[Met Performance] CID:311710
New Production
Ariadne auf Naxos {53}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/11/1993
Debuts: Thomas Moser, Michael Yeargan
[Met Performance] CID:311760
Ariadne auf Naxos {54}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/16/1993
[Met Performance] CID:311800 Opera News
Ariadne auf Naxos {55}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/20/1993
[Met Performance] CID:311830
Ariadne auf Naxos {56}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/23/1993
[Met Performance] CID:311880
Ariadne auf Naxos {57}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/27/1993
[Met Performance] CID:311920
Ariadne auf Naxos {58}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/1/1993
[Met Performance] CID:311990
Ariadne auf Naxos {59}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/8/1993
[Met Performance] CID:314420
Die Zauberflöte {303}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/9/1993
[Met Performance] CID:314470
Die Zauberflöte {304}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/13/1993
[Met Performance] CID:314490
Die Zauberflöte {305}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/16/1993
[Met Performance] CID:352557
MET Summer Concert: Live in Prospect Park
New York, Brooklyn, Prospect Park; 06/20/2008
[Met Performance] CID:354783
La Rondine {29}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/11/2013
Debuts: Kristine Opolais, Evan Hughes, Stephanie Chigas, Sara Stewart, Christine Thomson Anderson
[Met Performance] CID:354786
La Rondine {30}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/14/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354793
La Rondine {31}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/18/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354804
La Rondine {32}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/22/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354823 
La Rondine {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/26/2013

Opera activity – highlights

Since 1988, Marin conducted in major opera houses around the world.

New productions highlights:

  • Metropolitan Opera New York – Ariadne auf Naxos (1993), La Rondine (2013), Semiramide (1992), The Magic Flute (1994)
  • Teatro alla Scala  – Manon (2006)
  • Bavarian State Opera Munich  – Werther (2004, 2005), Eugene Onegin (2008)
  • Paris Opera Bastille – Les contes d’Hoffmann (1992)
  • Semperoper Dresden – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2002)
  • Zurich Opera – La cenerentola (2007)
  • Deutsche Oper Berlin – Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci (2005), L’italiana in Algeri (2003)
  • San Francisco Opera – La Rondine (2007), Il barbiere di Siviglia (1992)
  • Nuovo Piccolo Teatro Milano – Così fan tutte (1999)
  • Hamburg State Opera – Nabucco (2004)
  • Copenhagen Opera House – Billy Budd (2002), The Rake’s Progress (2010)
  • Teatro La Fenice – L’italiana in Algeri (1991), Le nozze di Figaro (1992)

Symphonic concerts – highlights

Without ever pursuing permanent positions, Marin guest conducting activity include:

  • Germany: Berlin Philharmonic (2007, 2010), Bavarian Radio Symphony (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004), Gewandhaus Leipzig (1999, 2005), Staatskapelle Dresden (concerts and tours 1997–2005), Munich Philharmonic (concerts and tours 2002–2008), Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (concerts and tours (2001–2008, 2016). Since 2014 principal guest conductor of the Hamburger Symphoniker.  In 2004 he founded the Philharmonic Sinfonietta Berlin with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, that he toured between 2005 and 2008 in Europe, Japan and Korea
  • United Kingdom: London Symphony Orchestra (concerts and tours 1991–1995, 2006, 2007, 2015),  Philharmonia Orchestra (2004, 2005, 2007), London Philharmonic (1998, 2002, 2006), Royal Philharmonic (2012), Bournemouth Symphony (2014), BBC Scottish (2000–2003)
  • France: Orchestre National de France (2004–2008), Philharmonique de Radio France (2009, 2012),   Orchestre National d’Ile de France (2004–2015), Philharmonique de Monte Carlo (2002–2012), Orchestre de L’Opera Bastille (1993, 2007)
  • Russia: St.Petersburg Philharmonic (2013–2016),  Svetlanov State Symphony (2006–2015), Bolshoi Opera Orchestra (2009), Moscow Virtuosi (2007). Between 2004 and 2008 he was first guest conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia.
  • Japan: NHK Symphony (2009–2012)  Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra (2010, 2013), Osaka Philharmonic (2010, 2012, 2014), New Japan Philharmonic (2008, 2011)
  • Czech Republic: Czech Philharmonic (concerts and tours 2008–2013),  Prague Radio Symphony (2014)
  • Hungary: Budapest Festival Orchestra (2007, 2010),  Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra (2011–2015)

Festival appearances between 1993 and 1996 include: Philadelphia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre de Paris.


Marin’s discography earned him three Grammy Award nominations (1992, 1993, 1994), a Diapason d’Or (1992) and the Echo Klassik Award (2012).

Album Orchestra Label Year
Max Bruch, Violin Concertos – Guy Braunstein Bamberger Symphoniker Tudor 2013
Marta Argerich: Lugano Concerts Marta Argerich: Lugano Concerts Deutsche Grammophon 2012
The Waldbühne Box Berliner Philharmoniker  Euro Arts 2012
Legacy, David Garrett Royal Philharmonic Decca 2011
Dvorak, Symphony no. 9 Czech Philharmonic Exton 2011
An evening with Renee Fleming Berliner Philharmoniker  EuroArts 2010
Salut – Piotr Beczala Munich Radio Orchestra Orfeo 2008
Rossini, La Cenerentola Bartoli,Widmer, Osborn, Chausson Zurich Opera Orchestra House of Opera 2007
Bruckner, Symphony no.4 BBC Scottish BBC Music 2004
Live from Covent Garden – Angela Gheorghiu Royal Opera Covent Garden Emi 2002
Mahler, Symphony no.4 BBC Scottish BBC Music 2001
Mysterium – Angela Gheorghiu London Philharmonic Decca 2001
Joaquin Rodrigo Panorama Philarmonia Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon 2000
Barbara Hendricks – Mozart English Chamber Orchestra Emi 1998
Dmitri Dimitri Hvorostovsky Philharmonia Orchestraa Philips 1997
Placido Domingo Duetsy London Symphony Deutsche Grammophon 1994
Bel Canto – Dimitri Hvorostovsky Philharmonia Orchestra Philips 1994
Rossini, Semiramide Studer, Ramey, Lopardo,Larmore London Symphony Deutsche Grammophon 1994
Donizetti, Lucia di Lamermoor Studer,Domingo,Pons,Ramey London Symphony Deutsche Grammophon 1993
Rossini, Il Signor Bruschino Battle, Ramey, Lopardo, Larmore English Chamber Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon 1993
Khatchaturian Flute Concerto – Patrick Gallois Philharmonia Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon 1992
Rossini Heroines – Cecilia Bartoli Teatro La Fenice Decca 1992
Ave Maria – Cheryl Studer London Symphony Deutsche Grammophon 1992
Agnes Baltsa sings Rossini Wiener Symphonikery Sony Classical 1991
Ferruccio Furlaneto sings Mozart Wiener Symphonikery Sony Classical 1991

Social involvement

In 2011, Marin created in Romania the Cantus Mundi project,  a social integration initiative based on choral singing and aiming to overcome all sorts of discrimination, by bringing together Romania’s children, rich and poor, motion handicapped, ethnic minorities, blind, autistic and orphans.

In 2014, by Governmental decision, Cantus Mundi became a National Program and is implemented throughout the country. It aims to reach 250,000 children over the next three years. The complementary part of the project, Symphonia Mundi, based on instrumental group playing has been launched in 2016.

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