Aleksandar Marković (36) has been principal conductor of the Brno Philharmonic since the 2009-2010 season, though he had been offered the position after his first appearance with the orchestra in November 2008. He made his debut as principal conductor on August 12, 2009 at the opening of Brno’s Špilberk International Music Festival.
In 2009, Marković debuted with the Stuttgart and Nuremberg Philharmonics, with the Konzerthaus Berlin Orchestra, with the Spirit of Europe chamber orchestra and with the Croatian Radio Orchestra in Zagreb. The previous year he had directed for the first time the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic, and the Württemberg, Slovak and Qatar Philharmonics. In May 2008, he launched the 2008-2009 season in Graz with Anton Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony and later opened the prestigious Wiener Festwochen festival with the Viennese Symphonic (the final concert of the Eurovision Young Musicians competition).
From 2005 to 2008 Marković was principal conductor of the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck, where he successfully presented nine opera and ballet premieres (Cavalleria rusticana/Comedians, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Flying Dutchman, Salome, Madame Butterfly, La traviata, Norma and Tosca) and numerous symphonic concerts. In 2003, he won the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Poland’s Katowice.
Marković has also conducted the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Salzburg Mozart Orchestra, the Belgrade Radio Orchestra and the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Ostrava’s Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovenian Philharmonic and the orchestra of the National Theatre in Prague.
As well as the classic symphonic repertoire, Marković devotes his energies to the interpretation of contemporary music. At the Vienna Musikverein he has conducted the world premiere of the pieces Feuerlicht and Nachtschatten by Dirk D’Ase, the symphonies of Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Karl Schiske, and works by Lutosławski, Ligeti, Pintscher and Tüür.
Marković studied conducting at Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst under Leopold Hager, who described him as one of the biggest talents he had ever taught. He has taken part in master classes with Gianluigi Gelmetti and Lothar Zagrosek at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. He also received a stipendium from the world renowned Herbert von Karajan foundation in Berlin.