Residentie Orkest Names New Chief Conductor

By Francisco Salazar

The Residentie Orkest has named German-Japanese conductor Jun Märkl its new chief conductor starting the 2025-26 season. He will succeed Anja Bihlmaier.

Märkl is a sought-after guest conductor and, since the summer of 2021 has been the permanent guest conductor for the orchestra. He will be associated with the orchestra as chief conductor for a minimum of four seasons.

The orchestra also noted that permanent guest conductor Richard Egarr has extended his contract until 2029. Completing the team is young British conductor Chloe Rooke in the newly created position of emerging artist in residence for three seasons beginning in 2024.

In a statement, Märkl noted, “After many years of inspiring music-making with the wonderful musicians of the Residentie Orkest, I am very excited to expand and strengthen our relationship. I am looking forward to working closely with Sven Arne Tepl and his team, with Richard Egarr and Chloe Rooke to further deepen the broad profile of a dedicated, passionate and high quality orchestra in and outside The Hague.”

Sven Arne Tepl, general and artistic director of the Residentie Orkest added, “We are delighted that one of the most experienced conductors on the international circuit is joining the Residentie Orkest as chief conductor. We look forward to continuing and further intensifying our long-standing relationship with Jun and Richard, to the beginning of permanent collaboration with Chloe, and of course, to continuing the great work with Anja for the next season and a half.”