Marc Albrecht is the chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. At the same time he is Chief Conductor of the Dutch National Opera; his double function strengthens the already close collaboration between the two organisations.
At an age when other children were still playing with wooden swords, Marc Albrecht (1964, Germany) was already waving a conductor’s baton. He was still a teenager when he began to assist his father, conductor George Alexander Albrecht, in rehearsals of operas by Richard Strauss and Wagner.
Albrecht continued the apprentice years begun with his father as a repetiteur with the Hamburg opera, playing formidably difficult opera scores on the piano as he accompanied singers as they prepared their roles. An amazing training, by any account. The young conductor developed his talent further in the Dresden Semperoper and as personal assistant to Claudio Abbado with the Gustav Mahler youth orchestra in Vienna. Highly successful years with the Darmstadt opera began for him in 1995; he himself says that ‘I breathed in opera scores, I was unstoppable. The groundwork that I laid there provides me now with an incredibly comfortable feeling’.
Albrecht decided to concentrate on symphonic repertoire for a period in 2006 and accepted a position with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. He rapidly gained a reputation as a symphonic conductor also and invitations to work with the best orchestras in Europe quickly followed: the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and the Orchestre National de Lyon.
Albrecht’s operatic career simultaneously continued to progress: the best proof of this is perhaps the immense success he enjoyed with Richard Strauss’ Die Frau Ohne Schatten with the Dutch National Opera and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008. 'Marc Albrecht and the orchestra were the triumphant stars of the night', wrote Opera Today, going on to predict a great future for Albrecht. The following year Marc Albrecht made a highly successful debut with the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, with Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer.
Albrecht is chief conductor of both the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dutch National Opera since September 2011, following respectively Yakov Kreizberg and Ingo Metzmacher. The Dutch press described his current position as the best possible nomination, an opinion in which we can only concur. And Albrecht himself? He was so delighted with his appointment that he immediately packed his bags and came to Amsterdam, where he still lives.