Markus Stenz is Principal Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra. After studying at the School of Music in Cologne, and at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa, he made his debut as an opera conductor in 1988 at La Fenice, Venice with Hans Werner Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers.
He has since appeared at many of the world's major opera houses and international festivals including La Scala in Milan, La Monnaie in Brussels, English National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Edinburgh International Festival and Salzburg Festival, as well as holding the positions of Artistic Director of the Montepulciano Festival (1989-95), Principal Conductor of London Sinfonietta (1994-98) and Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1998-2004).
He has conducted many world premieres including Henze's Das Verratene Meer in Berlin, Venus und Adonis at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and L'Upupa at the Salzburg Festival, as well as Detlef Glanert's Caligula at the Frankfurt Opera and Solaris at the Bregenz Festival.
Markus Stenz has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Northern College of Music.