After graduating from the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts, where he studied composition with Prof. V. Riedlbauch and conducting with Profs. R. Eliška and J. Bělohlávek,
in 2008 Marko Ivanović received a doctorate in composition and composition theory. In 2003, he became a laureate of the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Young Conductors in
Katowice, Poland. From 2009 to 2014, he served as chief conductor of the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic, and since January 2015 he has been music director of the Janáček Opera of the National Theatre in Brno. He has worked with the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Brno Philharmonic, the Prague Philharmonia, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Zlín, and other renowned orchestras, and has regularly performed at the largest Czech festivals, including Prague Spring, Smetana’s Litomyšl, Janáček May, the Easter Sacred Music Festival, etc. His most acclaimed international performances include the staging of the Brno version of Leoš Janáček’s opera Jenufa in Malmö and the production of The Makropulos Case at the Göteborg Opera. Furthermore, he has appeared as a guest conductor in Germany, Poland, Bosnia, Japan and other countries.
Marko Ivanović is a promoter of and specialist in contemporary and 20th-century music. He has given a number of world premieres of Czech works, as well as the first performances in the Czech Republic of major contemporary pieces (Arvo Pärt’s Passio, Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, and others). Over the past few years, he has recorded two CDs with the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic and made numerous albums for Czech Radio. Within the Czech Philharmonic, he has co-initiated the popular educative concert series for schools Four Steps into a New World, which he currently continues to pursue with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Within his engagements at the National Theatre in Prague, he has conducted the Czech premiere of Benjamin Britten’s opera Curlew River and the world premiere of Aleš Březina’s political opera Tomorrow There Will Be…, starring the renowned singer Soňa Červená. Moreover, he conducted Miloš Forman’s production A Walk Worthwhile, for which he created the instrumentation, and in 2012, he conducted the world premiere of his own opera Enchantia.