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Der Münchner Dirigent, der seit seiner Auszeichnung mit dem Deutschen Dirigentenpreis 2004 regelmäßig bei den national und international renommiertesten Orchestern zu Gast ist, wird heute insbesondere für seine Aufsehen erregenden Interpretationen und Einspielungen der Werke von Beethoven, Brahms und Mahler geschätzt.

Nach dem Studium in München und als Assistent von Sir Roger Norrington und Sir Colin Davis wirkte er ab 2006 als Erster Kapellmeister an der Komischen Oper Berlin. Als »großes Nachwuchstalent« bezeichnete ihn die Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

Im Jahre 2007 wurde er zum Generalmusikdirektor der Freien Hansestadt Bremen ernannt. Hier hat sich Poschner, der auch ein fulminanter Jazzpianist ist, den Ruf als programmatischer Grenzgänger erarbeitet. Mit seinem besonderen Gespür für die Vermittlung klassischer Musik löste er einen bis heute anhaltenden Publikumsboom aus. Vor allen Dingen entwickelte er völlig neue Wege und Formen zeitgenössischen Musiktheaters.

Im Jahr 2015 übernahm er die Position des Chefdirigenten des Orchestra della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. Zum Beginn der Spielzeit 2017/18 übernimmt Markus Poschner außerdem die Position des Chefdirigenten des Brucknerorchesters Linz sowie des Opernchefs am Landestheater Linz.

Direttore Principale Orchestra della Svizzera italiana seit 2015
Chefdirigent Brucknerorchester Linz und Opernchef vom Landestheater Linz ab 2017/18
Erster Gastdirigent Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin

I am particularly delighted to be embarking on this exciting musical journey with the OSI, one that promises many unforgettable moments. Indeed, the centrepiece of our first project (the symphonies of Johannes Brahms) seems almost conceived for this orchestra, as a repertoire through which to explore aspects of Brahm’s music that are already present in his chamber writing but have all too often been overlooked in the symphonies.
I am particularly delighted to be embarking on this exciting musical journey with the OSI, one that promises many unforgettable moments. Indeed, the centrepiece of our first project (the symphonies of Johannes Brahms) seems almost conceived for this orchestra, as a repertoire through which to explore aspects of Brahm’s music that are already present in his chamber writing but have all too often been overlooked in the symphonies.
Poschner was born in 1971 in Munich, where he then studied; he was assistant to conductors such as Roger Norrington and Colin Davis. In 2000 he was appointed principal conductor of the Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt. Having been awarded the Deutscher Dirigentenpreis in 2004, he was appointed to the Komische Oper Berlin.
Since 2007 he has been Generalmusikdirektor at Bremen, where the University made him an honorary professor in the Faculty of Musicology in 2010. He has been guest conductor of many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Munich Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and the NHK and Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras in Tokyo.
He was also guest conductor at the Berlin State Opera, the Opernhaus Zürich, the Frankfurt Opera, the Hamburg State Opera and the Cologne Opera.
From 2011 to 2014 he was principal guest conductor at the Dresden Philharmonic, where he directed a remarkable cycle of concerts dedicated to Beethoven.
Since 2002 he has been principal guest conductor of the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin.
From 2017–18 he will take over from Dennis Russell Davies in Linz as director of opera at the Landestheater and principal conductor of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. From 2015–16 he works with the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana as its principal conductor.