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Marc Minkowski

Minkowski in Hong Kong Cultural Centre (2013)

Marc Minkowski (born 4 October 1962)[1][2] is a French conductor of classical music, especially known for his interpretations of French Baroque works. Minkowski was musical director of Mozartwoche in Salzburg, Austria, from 2013 to 2017[3] and was general director of the Opéra national de Bordeaux from 2016 to 2021.[4] Minkowski is a Chevalier du Mérite.

Life and career

Marc Minkowski was born in Paris. His maternal grandmother, Edith Wade, was a violinist.[5] His mother, Mary Anne Minkowski née Wade, is American, and his father was Alexandre Minkowski, a Polish-French professor of pediatrics and one of the founders of neonatology.[6] He began his musical career as a bassoonist for René Clemencic's Clemencic Consort and Philippe Pierlot's Ricercar Consort.[2]

In 1982, Minkowski formed "Les Musiciens du Louvre", an orchestra dedicated to showcasing French Baroque music[7][2] which has championed works by Marin Marais (opera Alcyone), Jean-Joseph Mouret (opera Les amours de Ragonde), Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Jean-Baptiste Lully (opera Phaëton at Opéra National de Lyon) and Jean-Philippe Rameau (opera Hippolyte et Aricie). The ensemble has also revived lesser-known Handel operas, such as Teseo, Amadigi, Riccardo Primo and Ariodante, as well as several operas by Christoph Willibald Gluck including Armide (at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles), Alceste and Iphigénie en Tauride (at the English Bach Festival at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden).

Les Musiciens du Louvre relocated to Grenoble after 1996, where they are associates at the Maison de la Culture de Grenoble.[2]

Minkowski's career focus has shifted from an initial specialized interest in the Baroque to a wider interest in opera. He conducted Mozart's Idomeneo in 1996 at the Opéra National de Paris and debuted his Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Salzburg Festival. He has since conducted Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and Mitridate, re di Ponto at the Salzburg Festival, Handel's Giulio Cesare in Amsterdam, Paris and Zürich (with Cecilia Bartoli) and his Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno in Zürich, Donizetti's La Favorite in Zürich, and Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride, among others.

He has also performed and recorded critically acclaimed works by Jacques Offenbach: Orphée aux Enfers, La belle Hélène and La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, along with the Concerto militaire for cello and orchestra in G, with Jérôme Pernoo (cello).

As well as Les Musiciens du Louvre, Minkowski is active in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Staatskapelle Dresden. In 2008 Minkowski became music director of Sinfonia Varsovia.

His recordings can be found on Erato, EMI's Virgin Classics and Naïve Records. In 2014 Naïve released a recording of the original version of Der fliegende Holländer and the first recording of Le Vaisseau fantôme by Dietsch, conducted by Minkowski.[8]

Minkowski was awarded the Prize XVIIe in 1988 for his recordings of Lully-Molière : Les Comédies ballets par les Musiciens du Louvre, (Erato Records).


  1. ^ "Marc Minkowski - Les Musiciens du Louvre". Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Deutsche Grammophon Artists". Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Biography".
  4. ^ "Marc Minkowski". Opéra National de Bordeaux (in French). Retrieved 2 December 2023.
  5. ^ "Find Local Contractors | Home Remodeling Contractors on Ecnext". Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  6. ^ The international who's who 2000. London: Europa Publ. 1999. ISBN 978-1-85743-050-9.
  7. ^ "Présentation de la saison des Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble - Les Musiciens du Louvre". 17 October 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  8. ^ Rohan, Michael Scott. Reviews of recording of Le Vaisseau fantôme. Opera, February 2014, Vol 65 No 2, p223-225.
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