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Markus Poschner


Since the beginning of his tenure as chief conductor of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz in 2017, Markus Poschner and this outstanding Austrian orchestra have been enchanting audiences and international reviewers alike. Poschner’s vision is to forge a path all their own in the field of Bruckner interpretation.
For his monumental all-versions-edition of all Bruckner symphonies, Markus Poschner was awarded the »ICMA Special Achievement Award« in 2024 together with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna.
Another highlight of this project in 2020 has been the award for »Orchestra of the Year« and »Conductor of the Year« in Austria.

Since winning the German Conductors Award in 2004, Poschner has been guest-conducting regularly at all the leading orchestras and opera houses of the classical music world, including the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bamberg Symphony, the Munich Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, RSB Berlin and RSO Vienna, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Netherlands Philharmonic, the NHK Tokyo and the Berlin State Opera, as well as the Hamburg State Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, Vienna State Opera and Zurich Opera House.

Together with the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, whose chief conductor Markus Poschner has also been since 2015, he won the coveted International Classical Music Award (ICMA) in 2018 for their cycle of Brahms symphonies released by Sony Classical.

Together with the Orchestre National de France, Poschner was awarded the annual German Record Critics’ Award for 2021 for their production of Offenbach’s »Maître Péronilla«.

After studying in Munich and assisting Sir Roger Norrington and Sir Colin Davis, Poschner first became principal kapellmeister at the Komische Oper in Berlin. From 2007 to 2017 he was general music director at the Bremen Philharmonic. In July 2010 the Bremen University appointed him an honorary professor, as did the Anton Bruckner University in Linz in 2020.

He first conducted the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra in 2019 during its extraordinary guest appearance in Abu Dhabi with Wagner’s »Walküre«. Most recently, Markus Poschner opened the Bayreuth Festival in July 2022 with »Tristan und Isolde« and also conducted this production there in 2023.

Markus Poschner has been also announced as next chief conductor of the Basel Symphony Orchestra, starting in autumn 2025.

concerts featuring Markus Poschner