Marcus Bosch is a highly sought after conductor who is not only very well known on the German music scene, but is recognized internationally for being an expert in his field. This German artist of Brazilian-Italian descent decided early on to embark on the traditional Kapellmeister career path followed by many conductors in Germany: after positions at the State Theatres in Wiesbaden and Saarbrücken and with the Staatsorchester Halle, he was appointed General Music Director (GMD) in the city of of Aachen from 2002 to 2012 and at the Staatstheater and Staatsphilharmonie in Nuremberg from 2011 to 2018. His operatic repertoire now includes more than 90 works of music theatre, among them large-scale projects such as Wagner’s Ring cycle and Berlioz’s Les Troyens. He succeeded in putting the Sinfonieorchester Aachen – once led by conducting greats such as Herbert von Karajan and Wolfgang Sawallisch – back on the international classical music scene with live CD recordings of symphonies by Anton Bruckner. “An exciting listening experience” was the opinion of the Kulturspiegel magazine, the Brahms recordings with the Aachen orchestra also bear witness to the outstanding quality Bosch achieved with the ensemble.
Bosch succeeded in a similar feat in Nuremberg with a recording of the nine symphonies and the symphonic poems of Dvorák. This cycle was hailed by critics as displaying a “wonderful storytelling approach”. Klassik.com even spoke of a “lucky find for all Dvorák fans”.
In 2010, Marcus Bosch took over as artistic director of the time-honoured Heidenheim Opera Festival. Under his leadership, the event evolved into an internationally renowned operatic showcase, not least because of the orchestra of the Heidenheim Opera Festival, the Cappella Aquileia, an ensemble of top-flight musicians that was founded at Marcus Bosch’s initiative.Read more
This “aural seducer”, as the radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur has called him, tends anyway to take new, innovative paths and to come up with novel formats for concerts and events. In 2008, he conducted the first internationally freely accessible live internet broadcast (“Salome” in Aachen) and the first operatic première to ever be shown as a live broadcast in cinemas (“Tristan und Isolde” in Nuremberg). He also conducted the biggest classical music event in Europe, Klassik Open Air in Nuremberg, several times.
In 2016, a new phase of his career began. As a full professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (HMTM) he passes on his passion, knowledge and experience to aspiring young conductors. Marcus Bosch is still nonetheless very active as a guest conductor, recently performing with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, at the Cologne Opera and at the Hamburg State Opera, among other venues. He has now conducted more than 100 orchestras across the world. This season will take him to places including Vienna, Milan, Parma, Palermo and Qatar. Curious and open-minded, he cultivates a very wide range of symphonic and operatic repertoire. He has been in charge of numerous premières and worked together with such influential directors as Peter Konwitschny, Calixto Bieito and Stéphane Braunschweig.
In 2018, he also took on artistic responsibility for the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock as conductor-in-residence. He holds the position of principal guest conductor with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Konstanz. Marcus Bosch is also chairman of the German GMD-Konferenz.
“As an artist Marcus Bosch surprises time and time again with new, fresh approaches, which are neither used for sensationalism nor celebrated ingeniously.”
“But that the recording must be counted among the best is also due to Marcus Bosch, who, in complete agreement with the soloist, spurs his Capella Aquileia on to a great performance. (…) At a similarly high standard, the two Romances, which the soloist and Bosch interpret in a very intense and astonishingly modern way, are also inspiring. This Beethoven is a great moment and highly recommended.”
“One of Marcus Bosch’s finest qualities is bringing an excitement and tension to well known works… it if as if one is listening for the first time”
“Such a transparent, perfectly balanced Wagner cannot currently be found elsewhere … “
“The art of conducting at the highest level…”
“And general music director Marcus Bosch drew all the panoply of weird and wonderful sounds of Berlioz’s orchestration from the players of the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg while keeping the musical flow and tension as vital and compelling as the business on stage.”
“Bosch is a force of nature on the podium and there is no want of excitement…“
Classical Music Magazine, Oct 2017