German conductor defies international boycottmain
The German conductor Jun Märkl has signed on as music director of the Malayasian Philharmonic, an orchestra that was placed under international boycott after summarily firing most of its foreign musicians eight years ago.
Märkl, 61, will start work in September.
He said: ‘It is with great joy and excitement that I am accepting the honour to lead the MPO through the next years to come. I am delighted to begin the journey of a closer relationship with an organization I feel a close affinity to already – both warmly with the musicians of the orchestra and also with the extraordinary management team.’
Extraordinary is the right word for it.
Märkl was recently named music director by the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra.