Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Names New Music Director

By Francisco Salazar

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has announced conductor Jun Märkl as the ISO’s eighth Music Director effective Sept. 1, 2024

In a statement, James Johnson, CEO, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra said, “The ISO is thrilled to announce Jun Märkl as the orchestra’s next music director. The ISO is deeply grateful to Maestro Märkl for his artistic leadership and unwavering commitment to the orchestra. We look forward to an exhilarating new era of musical collaboration and artistic excellence in the coming years under Maestro Märkl’s vision.”

Märkl has served as the ISO’s artistic advisor since 2021 and will act as music director designate until September. In his new position, he will bring creative leadership to the ISO through visionary programming, community engagement, and artistic development.

In a statement, Märkl said, “The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra shines a sparkling light throughout the city of Indianapolis with every unforgettable performance. Through our concerts that feature the incredibly talented ISO musicians, highly acclaimed soloists and guest conductors, the ISO’s Education and Community Engagement programs that serve music lovers of all ages, and so much more, the ISO is a positive force for good in our community, and I’m excited and honored to lead the charge.”

Märkl is a well-known conductor who is known for his symphonic and operatic Germanic interpretations and has held positions as General Music Director of the National Theater Mannheim, and as Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig and the Basque National Orchestra. He has also appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Munich Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Orchestre de Paris in Europe, the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony in North America, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Sydney Symphony and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia.