Marko Letonja is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. 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 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at the start of 2012. Marko Letonja has worked with many orchestras in Europe including the Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Milan; and in many renowned opera houses, such as the Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, La Scala, Milan, and the Semper Oper, Dresden. He has also conducted at the Arena di Verona. His engagements in Australia have included the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and productions for Opera Australia and the West Australian Opera. Future engagements include the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg, Berlin Radio Orchestra and a return appearance at the Vienna State Opera.