Marc Minkowski was born in Paris in 1962. He began his musical career as a bassoonist, playing both in modern orchestras and in such period-instrument ensembles as Les Arts Florissants, the Clemencic Consort of Vienna, and La Chapelle Royale. He gained his initial conducting experience in France and subsequently studied with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux Conducting School in Hancock, Maine.
1982 Forms Les Musiciens du Louvre, a Paris-based period-instrument ensemble for the performance of Baroque and Classical repertoire; with them he has since achieved success both in concerts and recordings, championing music by Marais, Mouret, Charpentier, Lully, and Rameau, and reviving interest in lesser-known Handel operas, such as Teseo, Amadigi, Riccardo primo, and Ariodante as well as several operas by Gluck, including Armide (at the Versailles Baroque Festival), Alceste, and Iphigénie en Tauride (at the English Bach Festival)
1984 Wins First Prize at the first International Early Music Competition in Bruges
1990 Awarded the Orphée d'or as “Best Young Conductor" by the French Académie du disque Lyrique
1993 Conducts Lully's Phaéton for the official reopening of the Lyon Opéra
1994 Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre sign an exclusive contract with Archiv Produktion
1995 First CD release on Archiv Produktion: Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie (Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Académie du disque, Grand Prix des discophiles, 1995; Cannes Classical Award, CD Compact, Barcelona, Diapason d'or, Orphée d'or, 1996)
1996 Conducts Mozart's Idomeneo at the Paris Opéra and Don Giovanni in Toronto; CD releases this year: Handel's La Resurrezione (Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Académie du disque, Grand Prix des discophiles, 1996) and Rameau's Anacréon and Le Berger fidèle
1997 Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre move to Grenoble where they join forces with the Orchestre de chambre de Grenoble; Minkowski makes his highly acclaimed Salzburg Festival début with Mozart's Entführung aus dem Serail (Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra); tours the Netherlands conducting Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer; CD releases this year: Charpentier's Te Deum and Messe de Minuit; Handel's Ariodante (Cannes Classical Award, Classic CD Award, 1999)
1998 CD releases this year: Mondonville's 6 Sonatas op. 3; Lully's Acis et Galatée1998 / 1999Conducts Weber's Oberon and Massenet's Cendrillon as Music Director of De Vlaamse Opera
1999 Concert performances of Rameau's Platée with Les Musiciens du Louvre at Salzburg in May and a new production of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, with Mireille Delunsch and Anne Sofie von Otter, at the Aix-en-Provence Festival; CD releases this year: Gluck's Armide; Roman Motets (including Dixit Dominus), and Messiah highlights (soundtrack from William Klein's film Le Messie) by Handel
2000 European tour of Handel's Hercules and recording for Archiv Produktion; begins a traversal of the complete Beethoven Symphonies with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, continuing this project in the following seasons; makes his Los Angeles Philharmonic début with Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique; CD releases this year: Rameau's Dardanus (Diapason d'or, 2000; Record Academy Prize, Tokyo, 2001) and Italian Cantatas by Handel, featuring Magdalena KoÏená
2001 Conducts Handel's Ariodante with Anne Sofie von Otter and Les Musiciens du Louvre in Paris, Grenoble, Dresden, and Salzburg; with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducts Le nozze di Figaro at the Aix-en-Provence Festival; conducts Die Fledermaus at the Salzburg Festival and Handel's Giulio Cesare at Netherlands Opera; CD releases this year: Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride (Diapason d'or, 2001; Echo Award, Record Academy Prize, Tokyo, 2002) and the complete Messiah
2002 CD releases of Handel's Hercules (awarded Diapason d'or and Choc du Monde de la musique, 2002) and of a collection of arias and scenes by Jacques Offenbach, both with Anne Sofie von Otter and Les Musiciens du Louvre. Handel's Giulio Cesare recorded live at the Vienna Konzerthaus in November; Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique recorded with the combined forces of Les Musiciens du Louvre and Mahler Chamber Orchestra in December
2003 Performances this year include Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann in Lausanne; UK concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; makes his conducting début with the Berliner Philharmoniker; Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with which orchestra he also conducts Mozart's Entführung in Baden-Baden; with the Musiciens du Louvre directs productions of Mozart's Magic Flute at the Ruhr Triennale Festival and Offenbach's La Belle Hélène at the Châtelet in Paris; conducts Auber's Le Domino noir in Italy with the Orchestra of La Fenice. CD releases include Handel's Giulio Cesare (Diapason d'or and Record Academy Prize, Tokyo, 2003), Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique and Herminie (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, 2003) as well as a collection of French arias featuring Magdalena KoÏená
2004 Conducts Les Musiciens du Louvre in Mozart's Entführung at Aix-en-Provence as well as in performances of Handel's Semele at Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Acis and Galatea in Brussels, Grenoble, Madrid, and Oviedo; with the Zürich Opera, more Handel - Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with Cecilia Bartoli - as well as Rameau's Les Boréades; further performances of Entführung in Rouen with the Orchestre Léonard de Vinci; returns to Birmingham for concerts with the CBSO; the year will conclude with performances of Offenbach's Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein at the Châtelet; released on Archiv earlier this year: Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice
2005 Minkowski opens the New Year with the Dresden Staatskapelle at the Semperoper performing Offenbach, Johann Strauss and Waldteufel; opera engagements this year include Mozart’s Zauberflöte at the Paris Opéra-Bastille and at Madrid’s Teatro Real, Beethoven’s Leonore (1805 version) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Opéra National de Lyon and Handel’s Giulio Cesare at the Zurich Opera; at the Salzburg Festival with Les Musiciens du Louvre he conducts Mitridate, followed by further performances of Mozart’s opera in Bremen; a European Handel tour features Acis and Galatea and Il trionfo del Tempo; concerts with the Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre de Paris, RSO Frankfurt, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester of Berlin and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; CD release this year: orchestral music by Rameau with Les Musiciens du Louvre.
Source: Deutsche Grammophone


The Baroque Christmas Album Sep.2005
RAMEAU Symph. imaginaire SACD May.2005
GLUCK Orphée et Eurydice SACD Sep.2004
MAGDALENA KOÎENÁ French Arias Sep.2003
HANDEL Giulio Cesare Jun.2003
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique Jun.2003
OFFENBACH Arias and Scenes von Otter Oct.2002
HANDEL Hercules Mar.2002
HANDEL Messiah Oct.2001
GLUCK Iphigénie en Tauride i Mar.2001
HANDEL Italian Cantatas KoÏená Sep.2000
RAMEAU Dardanus Mar.2000
HANDEL Roman Motets Sep.1999
GLUCK Armide Mar.1999
LULLY Acis et Galatée Jul.1998
ANNE SOFIE VON OTTER The Artist's Album Mar.1998
HANDEL Ariodante Dec.1997
CHARPENTIER Te Deum Sep.1997
HANDEL La Resurrezione Mar.1996
RAMEAU Hippolyte et Aricie Jun.1995

Listen to Claudio Astronio

Handel: La Resurrezione - session footage - video
Rameau - Castor et Pollux - Scène funèbre
Rameau - Zais - Overture
Rameau - Les fêtes d'Hébé - Air tendre
Rameau - Les Boréades - Contredanse
Rameau - Les indes galantes - Danse des Sauvages
Handel - Giulio Cesare - Overture
Handel - Giulio Cesare - Act III Sinfonia


Lives on stage

Ipse dixit

Enrique Sacau : ...... nos gustaría conocer su opinión acerca de las posibilidades musicales de la red.
Marc Minkowski: Nuca he pensado en Internet. Soy un ser prehistórico y no entiendo el fenómeno del ordenador. Todo el mundo dice que Internet es el futuro, pero yo no comprendo nada. Me parece muy interesante la posibilidad de visitar lugares a través de fotografías.
Enrique Sacau : Considera que Internet es el futuro de la difusión fonográfica?
Marc Minkowski: Yo empecé a comprar discos antes de la era del compact disc y me encantaba ir a una tienda y comprar aquellas enorme grabaciones de vinilo y lo que más me gustaba era comprar una gran ópera y abrirla con aquellos enormes libretos. Recuerdo cuando compré las Sinfonías de Beethoven por Karajan -las últimas- con la dorada y espectacular portada. Era como un tesoro. Todo esto ha desaparecido con el compact disc. Siempre intento que Deutsche Grammophon no ponga portadas modernas a mis discos, porque creo que el exterior debe ser el reflejo del interior. En el Dardanus de Rameau el diseño era... (hace gestos que refieren líneas rectas y bruscos ángulos) y no creo que ese sea el camino. Si es cierto que Internet es el futuro de la fonografía todo esto se habrá terminado y me entristece.
Source: (2000) Meyerbeer