Minkowski, Marc, French conductor; b. Paris, Oct. 4, 1962. He was educated at the Royal Cons, of Music at The Hague and at the Monteux conducting school in the U.S. In 1984 he founded Les Musiciens du Louvre in Paris, with which he championed early music. In 1991 he conducted Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride at London’s Covent Garden. After conducting Lully’s Phaëton at the Lyons Opera in 1993, he conducted Handel’s Ariodante at the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff and Handel’s Agrippina at the Semper Opera in Dresden in 1994. In 1995 he led a performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Houston Grand Opera. After conducting Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Opéra de la Bastille in Paris and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam in 1996, he conducted Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Salzburg Festival in 1997. Minkowski served as music director of the Flanders Opera and Sym. Orch. in Belgium from 1997 to 1999.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire