Marc Minkowski plays an active role in promoting classical music both though his exciting career as conductor, and as an artistic administrator. He is founder and Artistic Director of the orchestra Les Musiciens du Louvre in 1982 and created the Ré Majeure Festival on Île de Ré (French Atlantic coast) in 2011. He was General Manager of the Opéra National de Bordeaux from 2016 to 2021, became the Artistic Advisor of Kanazawa Orchestra (Japan) from September 2018 and he was the Artistic Director of the Mozartwoche (Mozart Week) Salzburg from 2013 to 2017. In 2018, he was honored as a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
After studying the bassoon, Marc Minkowski began conducting at an early age, then followed maestro Charles Bruck’s academy at the Pierre Monteux Memorial School, Hancock, Maine. At the age of nineteen, he founded Les Musiciens du Louvre, an ensemble that was to play an active role in the revival of Baroque music. Under his direction, Les Musiciens du Louvre explored both French Baroque music and Handel, before expanding their repertoire to include Mozart, Rossini, Offenbach, Bizet, and Wagner.
Marc Minkowski regularly appears in many of the world’s most highly-regarded opera houses and concert halls. In Paris, he has conducted Idomeneo, Platée, Die Zauberflöte, Ariodante, Giulio Cesare, Iphigénie en Tauride, Mireille and Alceste at the Opéra National; La Belle Hélène, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, Carmen and Die Feen at the Théâtre du Châtelet; and La Dame blanche, Pelléas et Mélisande, Cendrillon, Die Fledermaus, Mârouf and Manon at the Opéra Comique. He has conducted several operas at the Salzburg Festival (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mitridate, Così fan tutte, Lucio Silla, Die Fledermaus). His other international engagements have included: San Francisco (Don Giovanni), Genève (Les Huguenots), Brussels (Les Huguenots, Hamlet, and Il Trovatore at La Monnaie), Zurich, Venice, Moscow (first Pelléas et Mélisande ever on a russian stage at the Stanislavski Theatre, which won many awards), Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna (Hamlet, Fidelio, Le Nozze di figaro and Der Fliegende Holländer at the Theater an der Wien, Alcina and Gluck’s Armide at the Vienna State Opera) and Aix-en-Provence (L’incoronazione di Poppea, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Idomeneo, Don Giovanni, Les Boréades and Il turco in Italia). Since the 2014-2015 season, he has appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Idomeneo, Traviata, Don Giovanni) and the Teatro alla Scala (Lucio Silla, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and l’Heure espagnole). At the Opéra National de Bordeaux, he has conducted Pelléas et Mélisande, La Vie Parisienne, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Manon and Carmen.
Marc Minkowski is also in high demand on the concert platform in standard and modern symphonic repertoire, conducting orchestras such as DSO Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, Berlin Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, BBCSO, City of Birmingham SO, Kanazawa Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Finnish Radio Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Mariinsky Orchestra among others. His vast repertoire ranges from Rameau to Adams, and his recorded oeuvre includes all of the Schubert symphonies and Haydn’s London symphonies, Mozart’s 40th and 41st Symphonies, and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique to mention just a few highlights. A pioneer in combining equestrian art with classical music, he has also worked with Bartabas to create several shows.
In his 2021/22 season, main projects include The Tales of Hoffmann in Valencia, The Da Ponte Trilogy in Barcelona (Liceu) and Bordeaux National Opera, Platée at Paris National Opera and Robert le diable in Bordeaux. In concert, he conducts the Spanish National Orchestra, the SWR Stuttgart, the Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Kanazawa Ensemble, the Tours Symphony Orchestra.