Milan Turkovic, Conductor
|Milan Turkovic originates from an Austro-Croatian family, grew up in Vienna and today is among the few internationally-known bassoon soloists.
For the past fifteen years, he has been active as a conductor and has appeared in Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, London, New York, Tokyo, Osaka and Brisbane with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, the Vienna Radio Symphony, the Camerata Salzburg, the Orchestra di Padova, The Rome Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Verdi of Milan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Taiwan.
The accredited Japanese music magazine “Ongaku-no tomo” recently listed Turkovic on a short list of the most interesting conductors in its August 2009 issue (alongside names such as Muti, Harnoncourt, Luisi and Blomstedt).
Milan Turkovic has performed as a soloist in almost all the musical centers of the world with numerous renowned orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, I Solisti Italiani, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Camerata Academica, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in New York, The English Consort, NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, and the F. Liszt Chamber Orchestra in Budapest.
Milan Turkovic appears regularly at important festivals all over the world, such as Salzburg, Vienna, Lucerne,Lockenhaus, Prades, Prague, New York Santa Fe, Portland and Osaka, Sapporo, Kusatsu in Japan. In 1998 he toured the United States with acclaimed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Chamber Players. Two years later, Mr. Marsalis dedicated his quintet for bassoon and string quartet to Milan Turkovic.
Turkovic’s discography consists of 15 CDs of solo repertoire, 26 CDs of chamber music, over 200 CDs with Concentus Musicus, and a growing number of releases as a conductor. His most recent releases include the concerti by C.M.v. Weber (with Marriner), five bassoon concerti by Vivaldi (I Solisti Italiani) and a double CD entitled “Bassoon Extravaganza.” As a conductor, he records for “Camerata” and “Dabringhaus”. Turkovic’s newest CD features him conducting three symphonies by Joseph Haydn with “Wiener Concert-Verein”
In print, Mr. Turkovic is the author of three books (in German), which includes a book about the Concentus Musicus Vienna in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. The aforementioned book was also translated into Japanese.