A fascinating personality of the international music scene, Ion Marin is one of few conductors to work on the highest level in both the symphonic and operatic domains. He has conducted virtually all the great European orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre national de France, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He also appears regularly in Japan, where he conducts the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest at the world’s major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper and Opéra national de Paris. The Salzburg Mozarteum University appointed Maestro Ion Marin Professor of the Endowed Claudio Abbado chair for conducting, starting academic year 2020/2021. He is also the Artistic Director of the University’s symphonic activities.
Ion Marin is recognized for his creative, engaging and innovative programs, featuring a wide range of symphonic and vocal repertoire. Recent appearances focused on the music by Gustav Mahler saw concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin. Soloists he regularly appears with include Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Maxim Vengerov, Gidon Kremer, Angela Gheorghiu, Lang Lang, and a number of other leading instrumentalists and singers. He has also worked with luminaries such as Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich and Alexis Weissenberg.
Maestro Marin’s discography of over 40 titles, released on Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, EMI, Sony and Philips, has earned him three Grammy nominations, the Diapason d'Or and the German Recording Critics’ Award. Last releases include the Waldbühne concert featuring Renee Fleming and the Berliner Philharmoniker, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with David Garrett and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bruch's Violin Concertos with Guy Braunstein and the Bamberger Symphoniker. In 2012 he received the ECHO Klassik award in the Bestseller category.
Born in Romania, Ion Marin studied composition, piano and conducting at the George Enescu Music Academy and at Mozarteum Salzburg. He also studied philosophy and the history of religion. Defecting from Romania’s dictatorship in 1986 led to a new life and musical career as well as his receiving Austrian citizenship. He became Resident Conductor of the Wiener Staatsoper during Claudio Abbado’s tenure (1987-1991) and worked with some of the leading singers of the world. In Vienna, he also benefited from the guidance of Herbert von Karajan and Carlos Kleiber.
In 2012, Maestro Marin initiated the Cantus Mundi and the Symphonia Mundi projects in Romania, dedicated to the education and social integration of the country’s disadvantaged children through music. Today more than 70.000 children benefit from this program.
In 2021 Ion Marin was awarded the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic.