Jun Märkl, incoming music director for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, in a previous appearance with the orchestra. Photo by Thomas J. Russo/Indianapolis Symphony.

In Tuesday’s (1/23) Indianapolis Star, Domenica Bongiovanni writes, “The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s new music director is bringing a literal world of experience to start his new post. Jun Märkl has stood on the podium for the National Theater Mannheim and Orchestre National de Lyon, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and the Sydney Symphony. He’s conducted … at the Deutsche Oper Berlin … the New National Theatre in Tokyo and … New York’s Metropolitan Opera…. After a four-year search, the symphony announced Tuesday that Märkl will become … the eighth music director in the history of the 94-year-old ensemble…. The new maestro is excited to challenge the musicians, hire more of them, and embrace the community…. Märkl, 64 … was born in Munich to a German concertmaster father and a Japanese pianist mother…. Märkl long guest-conducted in Indianapolis before becoming the symphony’s artistic adviser in 2021…. He first led the ensemble at Symphony on the Prairie in 2000 and has been back more than 40 times since—becoming its most frequent guest conductor, symphony CEO James Johnson said…. Märkl signed a five-year contract that will officially begin [with] the 2024-25 season.”