In 2004 Mark Stringer was appointed Leopold Hager’s successor as Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He also leads regular conducting masterclasses in St. Petersburg, Beijing and Shanghai, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, the Hochschule der Künste in Zürich, the Cardiff International Conducting Academy, the International Summer Academy in Vienna and with the Dirigentenforum in Germany. His conducting students are represented by Askonas-Holt, IMG, Harrison Parrott, Konzertagentur Schmid, MaestroArts, Opus 3 and other prominent conducting agencies; they have won first prizes in such competitions as the Donatella Flick, Matacic, and others.
Mark Stringer came to international attention with his sensational debut at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels in 1996, conducting operas by Weill and Uhlmann. He has since returned to the Monnaie for two other new productions. In 1998, he conducted the Spanish première of The Cunning Little Vixen for the inaugural season of Madrid’s Teatro Real. In the summer of 2003 he returned to the Spoleto Festival for a highly regarded production of Wagner’s Lohengrin. Following this success he has been asked to conduct the inaugural concerto of the 2004 Spoleto Festival, and has been invited to Lincoln Center in 2005 to lead the first New York production of The Bartered Bride in nearly thirty years with the Juilliard Orchestra.
From 1991 to 1996 Mark Stringer was engaged as conductor at the Stadttheater in Bern where he conducted numerous productions including Don Giovanni, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Don Carlos, La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, Carmen, Die Fledermaus, Die lustige Witwe, Der fliegende Holländer, Salome, Ariadne auf Naxos, Kát’a Kabanová and Le grand macabre.
Other operas he has conducted include Ariadne auf Naxos (Spoleto, 1985), La Cenerentola (Aspen, 1986), Amelia and Tamu-Tamu (American Opera Centre, 1988). Other major opera engagements have included a production with the New Zealand Festival of John Adam’s The Death of Klinghoffer in February 2005 and his debut at the Teatro Regio, Turin, in a production of Menotti’s The Consul in 2006 He was also assistant conductor to Sir Simon Rattle in the Amsterdam production of Pelléas et Mélisande (1993), Jenůfa at the Théâtre du Châtelet (1996), and The Makropoulos Case at the 2000 Aix-en-Provence Festival. He returned to that festival and the Salzburg Easter Festival to participate in the Berlin Philharmonic production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen between 2006-2010.
In 1989 Leonard Bernstein invited Mark Stringer to share concerts on two European tours with him (with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia). Mr. Stringer has since proven very popular with Scandinavian audiences, conducting concerts and opera with the orchestras of Copenhagen, Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, Stockholm and Gothenburg, among many others. Further engagements have included numerous concerts and tours with the Vienna Symphony, NHK Symphony (Tokyo), Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Orchestras of Wales and Scotland, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, the RIAS Jugendorchester, Deutsches Symphonieorchester, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Savaria Symphony Orchestra in Hungary, the Sibiu Philharmonic in Romania and the Brno State Philharmonic in the Czech Republic. In America he has recently appeared in New York with the Juilliard Orchestra and on the West Coast with the San Francisco Ballet.
Mark Stringer was born in Alexandria, Virginia (USA) in 1964. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music, the Tanglewood Music Centre and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. His teachers include Bernstein, Ozawa, Rattle and Tilson Thomas.
His CDs of choral and orchestral works by Lili Boulanger and Albéric Magnard for Timpani Records have won many awards in France, England and America, including Gramophone’s ‘Editor’s Choice’, ‘Choc de repertoire’ from Le monde de musique and 5 ‘Diapasons’ from Diapason.
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