The Romanian-born conductor, Ion Marin, received his musical training as a composer, conductor and pianist at the George Enescu Academy in Bucharest, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.
After leaving his homeland of Rumania in 1986, Ion Marin became one of the most interesting composers on today“s music scene, and currently lives as an Austrian citizen in Switzerland. During his first engagement as a resident conductor at the Vienna State Opera (during Claudio Abbado's administration as director) he conducted a large repertoire of works ranging from Mozart to Alban Berg in the years between 1987 and 1991. He developed his outstanding reputation in the symphonic field - especially in late romantic and 20th century works - by conducting such sterling ensembles as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Montréal Symphony, Orchestre National de France and Dresden Staatskapelle. He has worked with such prominent soloists as Yo-Yo Ma, Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Sarah Chang, Yuri Bashmet and Frank Peter Zimmermann.
Ion Marin, equally at home in the symphonic and operatic field, has already conducted new productions at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the San Francisco Opera and the Opéra Bastille in Paris to mention but a few. He has conducted such well-known vocal artists as Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Cecilia Bartoli and Dmitri Hvorostovsky and collaborated with stage directors like Giorgio Strehler, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Roman Polansky, Germon and Harry Kupfer.
Ion Marin's discography has already earned three Grammy nominations, the German Recording Prize and the Diapason Palme d“Or. He received the 2004 Alfred Schnittke Award for his extraordinary services to contemporary music.