Marc Minkowski plays an active role in promoting classical music both though his exciting career as conductor, and as an artistic administrator. He was appointed General Manager of the Opéra National de Bordeaux in 2016, founded Les Musiciens du Louvre in 1982 and the Ré Majeure Festival on Île de Ré (French Atlantic coast) in 2011. He was the Artistic Director of the Mozartwoche (Mozart Week), Salzburg from 2013 to 2017, and becomes the Artistic Advisor of Kanazawa Orchestra (Japan) from September 2018.
After studying the bassoon, Marc Minkowski began conducting at an early age, notably under the guidance of Charles Bruck 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 conducts in many of the world’s most highly-regarded opera houses and concert halls.
In Paris, he has conducted Platée, Idomeneo, 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 and Mârouf at the Opéra Comique. He has conducted several operas at the Salzburg Festival (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mitridate, Così fan tutte, Lucio Silla). His other international engagements include: Brussels (Les Huguenots and Il Trovatore at La Monnaie ), Zurich, Venice, Moscow (world premiere of Pelléas et Mélisande in Russia at the Stanislavski Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre), Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna (Hamlet and Der Fliegende Holländer at the Theater an der Wien, Alcina and 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 and Il turco in Italia at the Festival). He recently made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the Teatro alla Scala. In 2015, he initiated a relationship with the Drottningholm Festival in Sweden centered around the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy, in collaboration with the Opéra Royal of the Château de Versailles.
Marc Minkowski is also in high demand on the concert platform in the core 19th and 20th century symphonic repertoire, conducting orchestras such as Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in Japan, BBCSO, DSO Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the Mariinsky Orchestra…
The highlights of his 2018/2019 operatic season as a conductor include : Pelléas et Mélisande in Japan, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Manon both in Bordeaux and at the Opera Comique in Paris.