Milan Turkovic originates from an Austro-Croatian family, grew up in Vienna and became internationally-known as one of the few bassoon soloists.Since three decades he has appeared all over the world as a most successful conductor. Turkovic has conducted in Vienna, Salzburg, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, London, Prague, Krakow, Zagreb, New York, Osaka and Brisbane with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, the Vienna Radio Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, the Orchestra di Padova, The Rome Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Verdi of Milan, the Krakow Philharmonic, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Taiwan and the Prague Philharmonia. The august 09 issue of “ongaku no tomo” lists him as one of the most interesting conductors for the Tokyo music scene. A recipient of the Edison Award, he received the German “Echo Klassik” Award in 2010. He regulary acts as the principal conductor at the Japanese Festival of Kusatsu. Currently Turkovic has conducted at the Rudolfinum in Prague, The Vienna Musikverein, the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, the Mozart Festival in Salzburg, the finals and one gala concert at the International ARD competition in Munich at the Bratislava Festival and many other important venues. On december 8th 2013 he conducted Beethovens symphony no 7 twohundred years after its premiere, at the Vienna venue of the first performance. This season he is the musical director of a scenic Kurt-Weill- production of the Vienna "Volkstheater". Among his many duties of the current season are concerts in Nagoya, Bologna, Perugia and at the festival of the "Moritzburg castle" near Dresden and Berlin.
Milan Turkovic appeared regularly at important festivals all over the world, such as Salzburg, Vienna, Lucerne, Lockenhaus, Prague, New York, Osaka, Sapporo and Kusatsu. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis dedicated the quintet “Meeelaan” for bassoon and string quartet to Milan Turkovic, which was featured with him in numerous first performances all over the world.
His discography currently consists of 9 CDs as a conductor, 15 CDs with solo repertoire, 26 CDs with chamber music and over 200 CDs with Concentus Musicus.
In print, Mr. Turkovic is the author of four books (in German) A book about the Concentus Musicus Vienna on the occasion of its 50th anniversary also appeared in a Japanese translation.