Wayne Marshall


Wayne Marshall performs worldwide as a conductor, virtuoso organist and solo pianist. At the start of the 14/15 season he became 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.

The 15/16 season includes his debut at the Dresden Semperoper (Harbison’s Great Gatsby) and the newly-formed orchestra Chineke! – Europe’s first professional black orchestra. Other guest engagements include with Royal Scottish National, Taipei Symphony and Malaysian Philharmonic. Plans with WDR include Spanish touring, recording and performances of Wonderful Town. Future plans include various recording and touring projects with WDR and returns to Leipzig Gewandhaus, Czech Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony.

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Stadthalle Kleve, ZWICKAU

Mozart - Ouvertüre zu "Die Zauberflöte"
Mozart / Artie Shaw / Peter Wesenauer - "Adagio goes Swing" , frei nach dem Klarinettenkonzert
Wesenauer - "Chapeaugrafie pour Monsieur Simon"
Bizet - Ouvertüre zu "Carmen"
Tschaikowsky - 3.Satz "Preghiera" aus "Mozartiana"
Arban - Variationen über "The carnival of Venice"
Reger - Thema aus "Mozart-Variationen"
Mozart / Peter Wesenauer - "Mozarts crazy girl", frei nach dem Rondo aus Flötenkonzert D-Dur
Mozart / Peter Wesenauer - Die Mozart Top Ten aus Kleve

WDR Funkhausorchester

Rhein-Sieg-Halle, SIEGBURG

George Gershwin: Cuban Overture ( Orchestra)
• Sale el Sol - Marialy Pacheco arr. Gordon Hamiton
• La Bikina - Rubén Fuentes arr. Marialy Pacheco
• Tres lindas cubanas - Antonio María Romeu arr. Marialy Pacheco
Ernesto Lecuona: Andalucia (Orchestra)
• Burundanga - Oscar Muñoz Bouffartique arr. Marialy Pacheco
• Ay! Mama Inés - Eliseo Grenet arr. Marialy Pacheco
• Cuban Suite (Danzón) - Marialy Pacheco arr. Gordon Hamilton
• Metro - Marialy Pacheco arr. Gordon Hamilton
Zugabe: El manisero - Moisés Simons arr. Gordon Hamilton

WDR Funkhausorchester

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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.

Highlights of the 15/16 season include a reimagined Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition for jazz trio, a sea inspired programme with extracts from Britten's Four Sea Interludes to the infamous Jaws theme, and Bernstein's Wonderful Town in concert with Kim Criswell and Sabine Muller.

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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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