Marc Minkowski

Marc Minkowski

Marc Minkowski is now one of the outstanding performers of Baroque music. His reputation rests mainly on his performances rarely performed works from French and Italian Baroque music repertoire. Just as he has worked in particular to the music of Marais, Mouret, Charpentier, Lully and Rameau, he also helped the forgotten Handel operas "Teseo", "Amadigi", "Riccardo primo" and "Ariodante" to new interest among the public. 1990 was awarded as "Best Young Conductor" Marc Minkowski from the Acadamie du Disque Lyrique the "Orphée d'Or".

Marc Minkowski was born in 1962 in Paris. He initially trained as a bassoonist, playing both in modern symphony orchestras and in ensembles with historical instruments such as "Les Arts Florissants" Vienna "Clemencic Consort" and "La Chapelle Royale". After gaining first conductor experiences in France, he continued his studies at the Pierre Monteux Conducting School continued in Hancock (USA) with Charles Bruck. In 1984 he won the 1st prize at the first Concours International de Musique Ancienne (International Early Music Competition) in Bruges. Two years earlier he had in Paris, the early music ensemble "Les Musiciens du Louvre" founded, developed since become his main artistic tool to implement its aesthetic ideas. Minkowski follows the core ideas of historical performance practice, but it avoids to make the play a dogma. Meanwhile, he and his ensemble with their concerts and gramophone recordings numerous successes achieved as the rediscovery of forgotten Gluck operas like "Armide" (the Festival Baroque in Versailles), "Alceste" and "Iphigenie en Tauride" (the English Bach Festival ). In 1997, Marc Minkowski and his Musiciens du Louvre attracted to Grenoble and joined together with the Orchestre de Chambre de Grenoble.

The list of unusual productions that realized Minkowski as conductor of his chamber ensemble is long. In 1993 he conducted Lully's "Phaeton" at the official opening ceremony of the new Lyon Opera. The following year, his performance of Handel's "Ariodante" at the Welsh National Opera was hailed stormy. In the 1994/95 season he conducted Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" in a co-production of Opera Atelier of Toronto and the Houston Grand Opera in 1996 Mozart's "Idomeneo" at the Paris Opera and "Don Giovanni" in Toronto. In 1997, Marc Minkowski itself at the Salzburg Festival with Mozart's "Abduction from the Seraglio" and the Mozarteum Orchestra. In 2001 he conducted just there "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss. This was followed in the course of that year, Handel's "Giulio Cesare" in Amsterdam and Offenbach's "La Belle Helene" in Paris. Spectacular also had a Rameau gala for the 20th anniversary of the Musiciens du Louvre in Paris Chatelet Theatre (2002) and made his debut on April 1, 2003 with the Berlin Philharmonic. this year he was awarded the Handel Prize of the city hall during the Handel Festival for his contribution to the baroque music.

Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre are connected by an exclusive contract with Archiv Produktion since 1994th Their first recording under this cooperation "Hippolyte et Aricie" originated in Versailles during the "Journées Jean-Philippe Rameau" and has received numerous awards such as the Diapason d'Or 1995/96 "Baroque opera", the Cannes Classical Award 1996 and the Orphee d'Or 1996. Her recording of Handel's oratorio "La Resurrezione" was awarded the Grand Prix of Disco Philes 1996th Handel's "Ariodante" with Anne Sofie von Otter won a Diapason d'Or in 1998 and 1999 the Cannes Classical Award and in 2001 (with von Otter in the title role) with great success in Paris, Grenoble, Dresden and Salzburg. Besides the many actual historical documents Minkowski dares sometimes experiments. In spring 2005 about appeared "Une Symphonie Imaginaire", which he composed of different passages of works by Jean-Philippe Rameau.

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