Marko Letonja is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Music Director of the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra from the start of the 2018-19 season. Born in Slovenia, he studied at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and the Vienna Academy of Music. He was Music Director of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra from 1991 to 2003 and Music Director and Chief Conductor of both the Symphony Orchestra and the Opera in Basel from 2003 to 2006. He was Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra Victoria in 2008 and made his debut with the TSO the following year. He took up the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the TSO at the start of 2012. He has worked with many orchestras in Europe including the Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Milan. He has also worked in many renowned opera houses such as the Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, La Scala Milan, Semper Oper Dresden and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Recent engagements include Der Ring des Nibelungen for the Royal Swedish Opera, Boris Godunov for the Bavarian State Opera and Le nozze di Figaro for the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
Principal Guest Conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Fritzsch was the QSO’s Chief Conductor from 2008 to 2013. Almost concurrently, he was Chief Conductor of the Graz Philharmonic and Graz Opera (Austria). Previously, he has held the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director with both Nuremberg State Opera and the Freiburg State Theatres and Philharmonic Orchestra. Johannes Fritzsch was born in 1960 in Meissen, Germany, where he completed his musical education. He has conducted orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Dresden, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Opera companies with which he has worked include the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper, Komische Oper Berlin, Opéra Bastille, Royal Opera Stockholm and Opera Australia. Over the past 20 years he has given many masterclasses for the German conductor training and development organisation, Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrates. Similarly, he has been actively involved in nurturing up-and-coming conductors in Australia through training programs run by Symphony Services International. In January 2015, he joined the University of Tasmania as Adjunct Professor, Conservatorium of Music, Tasmanian College of the Arts. He is the Course Leader of the recently founded Australian Conducting Academy in cooperation between UTAS and the TSO.