The American conductor Mark Stringer was born in 1964. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. His teachers include Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas and Leonard Bernstein who invited him to share concerts on two European tours with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
From 1991 to 1996 he was engaged as conductor at the Stadttheater in Bern where he conducted numerous productions including Don Giovanni, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Don Carlos, La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, Carmen, Die Fledermaus, Die lustige Witwe, Der fliegende Holländer, Salome, Ariadne auf Naxos, Kát’a Kabanová and Le grand macabre.
He came to international prominence in 1996 with his debut at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, conducting operas by Weill and Uhlmann. He has since returned to the Monnaie for two other new productions, and in 1998 he conducted the Spanish première of The Cunning Little Vixen during the inaugural season of Madrid's Teatro Real. Other operas he has conducted include Ariadne auf Naxos (Spoleto 1985), La Cenerentola (Aspen 1986), Lohengrin (Spoleto 2003), The Death of Klinghoffer (Auckland Festival 2005) and The Consul (Teatro Regio, Turin 2006). He was also assistant conductor to Simon Rattle for the Amsterdam production of Pelléas et Mélisande (1993), Jenufa at the Théâtre du Châtelet (1996) and The Makropulos Case at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (2000).
As a guest conductor Mark Stringer has worked extensively in Scandinavia, conducting the orchestras of Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm and Gothenburg. Other engagements have included numerous concerts and tours with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, the RIAS Jugendorchester, Deutsches Symphonieorchester, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana , the Brno State Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
His CD of choral and orchestral works by Lili Boulanger for Timpani Records has won many awards in France, England and America, including Gramophone’s ‘Editor’s Choice’, ‘Choc de repertoire’ from Le monde de musique and 5 ‘Diapasons’ from Diapason. A second recording for Timpani, of music by Albéric Magnard, was subsequently released.
In 2004 Mark Stringer succeeded Leopold Hager as Professor of Conducting at the prestigious University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna, a position formerly occupied by such luminaries as Clemens Krauss and Hans Swarowsky.