"On this formidable showing, I would love to hear him in other Bruckner symphonies. He made a convincing and persuasive argument for this very early symphony."
"Replacement became an experience, Markus Poschner switched from the conductor's desk to the grand piano and conjured up delicate episodes on the piano."
Appointed Chief Conductor of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (OSI) in 2015, Markus Poschner has generated wide acclaim for his engaged, passionate leadership and innovative programming. Born into a dynasty of Munich-based church musicians, he was influenced early on by Sir Colin Davis and Sir Roger Norrington, both of whom he assisted.
Since then, Poschner has appeared with internationally renowned orchestras, including the Staatskapelle Dresden, Staatskapelle Berlin, DresdenPhilharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, and the radio symphony orchestras of Berlin,Vienna, Leipzig, Stuttgart, and Cologne, as well as the Orchestre National de France, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted productions at the Berlin State Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, and the opera houses in Cologne and Frankfurt. For many years he has enjoyed a close artistic collaboration with the Zurich Opera House, and he works regularly with prominent directors, including Nicolas Stemann, Tobias Kratzer, Christof Loy, Robert Carsen, Hans Neuenfels, Peter Konwitschny, Andreas Homoki, and Sebastian Baumgarten.
In 2017, Poschner was appointed Chief Conductor of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the LinzOpera. Through his hands-on direction and infectious energy, the orchestra has thrived and was named Best Orchestra of 2020 at the Austrian Musical TheatreAwards.
His SonyClassical recording of the complete Brahms symphonies with the OSI received a prestigious International Classical Music Award in 2018, and in 2020 he won the German Record Critics’ Award for his acclaimed recording of Offenbach’s Maître Péronilla with the Orchestre National de France. The 2020 Austrian Musical Theatre Awards also named him Best Opera Conductor for his recording of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Landestheater Linz.