Wayne Marshall


British conductor, organist and pianist Wayne Marshall is Chief Conductor of WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne, and Organist and Associate Artist of the Bridgewater Hall. He became Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in 2007 and is a celebrated interpreter of Gershwin, Bernstein and other 20th century American composers.

Conducting engagements in the 2016/17 season includes return visits to Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the revival of Harbison’s Great Gatsby at the Dresden Semperoper in addition to many and varied projects with WDR. Organ recitals include Bridgewater Hall, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Moscow International House of Music, Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco) and a performance in the "Contrepoints 62" organ festival. He will also play at ‘Classic FM Live’, a special gala concert taking place at the Royal Albert Hall and as soloist at the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester.

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Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No.1
Schmidt - Symphony No.2

Rustem Khamidullin, Cello
Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, LEIPZIG

Copland - El Salon Mexico
Wynton Marsalis - Violin Concerto
Bernstein - Sympohny No.2 'The Age of Anxiety'

Copland Hoe Down as possible encore plus organ piece TBC

Leipzig Gewandhausorchester
Nicola Benedetti, Violin
Benjamin Nuss, Piano


GEORGE GERSHWIN: Tip Toes Overture arr. Bennett
An American in Paris
Cuban Overture

"Time Square" from On the Town
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

MARQUEZ : Danzon 2

Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse

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Organist & Associate Artist of The Bridgewater Hall

Wayne Marshall has enjoyed a close association with Manchester's Bridgewater Hall since its opening in 1996 and performs a recital each season in the venue's International Concert Series. The magnificent Marcussen pipe organ is the largest instrument of its kind to be installed in Britain for almost a century and is the jewel in the crown of one of Europe's finest concert halls.

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WDR Funkhausorchester, Chief Conductor

In June 2013 Wayne Marshall was appointed Chief Conductor Designate of the celebrated WDR Funkhausorchester. He took up his position at the start of the 14/15 season and his inaugural concert was 6 September 2014.

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Cole Porter

Cole Porter: "I love Paris"

WDR Rundfunkorchester, Philharmonie Essen

Ein Dream-Abend (...) insbesondere weil der seit dieser Saison neue Chefdirigent Wayne Marshall mit dem WDR-Rundfunkorchester Köln einen wirklich sensationell disponierten Abend präsentierte - Qualität, wie sie sicherlich kaum auf dem Broadway noch irgendwo zu übertrumpfen wäre. 

Wayne Marshall got the rhythm; er ist ein Ausnahmedirigent.

Was für ein brillianter und überzeugender Orchesterchef.

Fünf Sterne sind nicht genug...

DER OPERNFREUND, Peter Bilsing, 25th February 2014


Porgy and Bess

Opéra de Montréal

...the OSM worked wonders of colours and complexity under the exacting baton of Wayne Marshall. And atmosphere: Quiet interludes in Catfish Row were no less captiving than the climaxes. The Gazette, 27th January 2014

Concert July 2011

Leipzig Gewandhaus

The Gewandhausorchestra grooved easily and flirted with latin american eroticism in a virtuoso manner. Clearly it was not only the audience in the auditorium but also each single musician in the orchestra who rejoiced in this concert. Ausgabe der Leipziger Volkszeitung


Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin

It is no wonder a decidedly European sound-cloak wrapped around the State Orchestra under the direction of British conductor Wayne Marshall's "Candide." The precisely balanced orchestral sound was a game of musically exuberant activity. Berliner Zeitung, June 2011


Gershwin and Bernstein Improvised

Wayne Marshall is famous throughout the world both for his improvisations and for his interpretations of the composition of Gershwin and Bernstein. Here he brings these two talents together, producing spellbinding improvisations on much-loved themes from the work of these master composers. Rhapsody in Blue by Gerswhin, and West Side Story, Candide and Wonderful Town are all given a new lease of life as symphonic improvisations for the organ. Also included is an improvisation on the song Funny People by Jule Styne.

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