Wayne Marshall


Wayne Marshall performs worldwide as a conductor, virtuoso organist and solo pianist. At the start of the 14/15 season he becomes Chief Conductor of WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 2010.

Highlights of the 14/15 season include his inaugural concert at the helm of WDR on 6 September and guest conducting with Orchestre de Paris, Brussels Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National d'Ile de France. Opera includes revival performances of Candide and Mahagonny at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and a tour of Russia with the Moscow Chamber Choir with Porgy and Bess. 

As soloist, he will perform at Cadogan Hall with Kim Criswell, and give organ recitals at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and at the Rheingau Festival.

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Cadogan Hall, London

Recital - Programme to include:

BERNSTEIN Something’s Coming, Tonight, One Hundred Easy Ways
GERSHWIN Love Walked In, The Man I Love, The Lorelei, Soon
PORTER Oo-La-La, So In Love, You Don’t Know Paree, 
WEILL West Wind, Lost In The Stars

Kim Criswell

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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 takes up his position at the start of the 14/15 season and his inaugural concert is 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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