Ion Marin

Ion Marin (born 8 July 1960) is a Romanian born 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,[1] Ion Marin started studying piano and violin at the age of three. He graduated the George Enescu Music College[2] in 1979. In 1983 he graduated in composition at the National Music Academy of Bucharest, where he studied with Tiberiu Olah and Anatol Vieru.[3] His education was completed at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Carlo Zecchi and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Franco Ferrara.

Following his debut in 1981, he was appointed chief conductor of the Arad Philharmonic (Transylvania).[4] 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 Marin received the Gottfried von Herder Preis-Stipendium of the Vienna University.[5] He sought political asylum in Austria and was condemned in absence by the Romanian Ceausescu regime. He returned to conduct in Romania in 2007.[6]

Early career

In May 1987 Marin conducted Berg's Wozzeck at the Vienna State Opera[7][8] 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 he 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 he received the Austrian citizenship by presidential decree, for special contribution to the Republic of Austria.

Opera activity – highlights

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

New productions highlights:

  • Metropolitan Opera New York[9]Ariadne auf Naxos (1993), La Rondine (2013), Semiramide (1992), The Magic Flute (1994)
  • Teatro alla Scala[10]Manon (2006)
  • Bavarian State Opera Munich[11][12]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),[13][14] Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (concerts and tours (2001–2008, 2016).[15] Since 2014 principal guest conductor of the Hamburger Symphoniker.[16] In 2004 he founded the Philharmonic Sinfonietta Berlin[17] 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),[18] 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),[19] 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),[20] 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),[21] Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra (2010, 2013), Osaka Philharmonic (2010, 2012, 2014), New Japan Philharmonic (2008, 2011)
  • Czech Republic: Czech Philharmonic (concerts and tours 2008–2013),[22] Prague Radio Symphony (2014)
  • Hungary: Budapest Festival Orchestra (2007, 2010),[23] 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[24] earned him three Grammy Award nominations (1992, 1993, 1994), a Diapason d'Or (1992) and the Echo Klassik Award (2012).[25]

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[26] 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[26] 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,[27][28] 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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  23. "History of orchestra | Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra". Archived from the original on 2016-07-29. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
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  27. "Romanian Government Announces Launch of Cantus Mundi, Social Integration Through Music". 2014-09-30. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  28. "World-Renowned Conductor Inaugurates Cantus Mundi Centre in Romania". 2016-04-18. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
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