Marc Albrecht German conductor born 1964

Marc Albrecht German conductor born 1964

He is (born 1964, Hanover) is a German conductor. Marc Albrecht is one of the most exciting conductors on the current opera and concert scene. He is in great demand internationally as a conductor of the German-Austrian late romantic repertoire, reaching from Wagner and Strauss to Zemlinsky, Schreker and Korngold. He also cultivates with conviction the whole range from Mozart to contemporary music.

Marc Albrecht German conductor born 1964

Family

He is the son of the conductor George Alexander Albrecht and Corinne Albrecht, formerly a ballet dancer who became a physiotherapist. He studied music with his father. He has served as an assistant to Claudio Abbado with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and an assistant conductor to Gerd Albrecht (no relation) at the Hamburg State Opera.

Musicdirector

From 1995 to 2001, Marc Albrecht was music director of the Staatstheater Darmstadt. From 2001 to 2004, he was first guest conductor with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He became artistic adviser of the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg (Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra) in 2005, and music director in 2008. With the Strasbourg Philharmonic, he has conducted commercial recordings for the Pentatone label, including orchestral lieder of Alban Berg and piano concertos by Robert Schumann and Antonín Dvořák.  He concluded his Strasbourg tenure in 2011.

Dutch National Opera

Albrecht made his first conducting appearance at the Dutch National Opera in September 2008 with Die Frau ohne Schatten. In March 2009, he was named chief conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Dutch National Opera, effective with the 2011-2012 season. His initial contract was for four years.

In May 2016, the orchestra announced the extension of Albrecht’s contract through the 2019-2020 season. He stood down from all three of these chief conductorships at the end of the 2019-2020 season.  He has led commercial recordings with the Netherlands Philharmonic and the Netherlands Opera for the Pentatone label.

Albrecht maintains a residence in Amsterdam. His wife is an opera singer, and the couple have a son.

Bayreuther Festspiele

2003-06

Selected discography

  • Richard Strauss – Tone Poems. Albrecht, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. PENTATONE PTC 5186310 (2008).
  • Alban Berg – Orchestral Pieces and Lieder. Christiane Iven,  Albrecht, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. PENTATONE PTC 5186363 (2009).
  • Schumann & Dvořák – Piano Concertos.  Albrecht, Martin Helmchen, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. PENTATONE PTC 5186333 (2009).
  • Dukas – L’apprenti sorcier / Ravel – Ma mère l’Oye / Koechlin – Les Bandar-log. Albrecht, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. PENTATONE PTC 5186336 (2010).
  • Korngold – Symphony in F sharp, Op.40; Much Ado About nothing, Op.11.  Albrecht, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. PENTATONE PTC 5186373 (2010).
  • Mahler – The Song of the Earth.  Albrecht, Alice Coote, Burkhard Fritz, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186502 (2013).
  • Brahms (orch. Schoenberg) Piano Quartet, Op. 25, Schoenberg – Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene. Marc Albrecht, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186398 (2015)
  • Mahler – Symphony No. 4.  Albrecht, Elizabeth Watts, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186487 (2015).
  • Mahler – Song Cycles.  Albrecht, Alice Coote, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186576 (2017).
  • Richard Strauss – Burleske/Ein Heldenleben. Marc Albrecht, Denis Kozhukhin, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186617 (2018).
  • Zemlinsky – Die Seejungfrau. Albrecht, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186740 (2020).

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