Anja Bihlmaier appointed new Chief Conductor of Residentie Orkest The Hague from summer of 2021

Jun Märkl Principal Guest Conductor alongside Richard Egarr.


From the summer of 2021 Anja Bihlmaier will be the Chief Conductor of Residentie Orkest The Hague. Bihlmaier is the successor to Nicholas Collon who is then, after five years, moving to the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The renowned conductor Jun Märkl has been appointed as Principal Guest Conductor. Together with Chief Conductor Anja Bihlmaier and Principal Guest Conductor Richard Egarr he then forms the three-person conductor team of the orchestra of the city of The Hague.

Sven Arne Tepl, CEO and artistic director of the Residentie Orkest: “We congratulate Nicholas Collon with his appointment in Finland. We have shared many remarkable concert moments and in the two coming seasons we will have lots of exciting programmes ahead of us and it goes without saying that we will see him again with us as a guest conductor. With Anja Bihlmaier as Chief Conductor and the appointment of Principal Guest Conductor Jun Märkl alongside Richard Egarr we will have a versatile and passionate team. Three conductors of international stature, wonderful artists, energetic communicators who match perfectly with us. It is rather special that they commit to The Hague and start the exciting phase in the new concert hall together with us.”

Anja Bihlmaier (1978) made her celebrated debut at Residentie Orkest with Bernstein, Barber and Dvorak’s 9th Symphony in November 2018. This programme was broadcasted on Radio 4. Bihlmaier, with a wealth of experience as Kapelmeisterin and deputy Generalmusikdirektorin at various German opera houses, is a fast rising star in the international conductor world. Recently she has conducted the Deutches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. In the coming season Bihlmaier conducts, amongst others, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia, the RTE National Orchestra of Ireland, the Tampere Philharmonic, the Gothenburg Symphony, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Malmö Opera and a new production at the Volksoper Wien.

Jun Märkl (1959) is a highly respected interpreter of both symphonic and operatic repertoire and also known for his mature vision on the French impressionists and 20th century music. He has conducted the Residentie Orkest several times in the past seasons. He conducted at the opera houses in Vienna, Berlin, Munich and Dresden and conducted, inter alia, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Munich, Hamburg and Oslo Philharmonics, the Cleveland, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Montreal and Melbourne Orchestras, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and the Orchestre de Paris.
His discography consists of well over fifty CDs, with works of, amongst others , Schumann, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Ravel, Hosokawa, Messiaen and Debussy.

Richard Egarr (1963) has already been a Principal Guest Conductor of Residentie Orkest for many years. As a conductor and pianist the fascinating storyteller guarantees adventurous and intelligent music making. The ‘master of the early music’ has been Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music since 2006, will be Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 2019/20 and is a regular guest conductor of first-class orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. From the summer of 2020 he is also Music Director Designate at the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale.