This season marks the fourth season of Jun Märkl's music directorship of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), and his second as Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony. Last season's highlights in Lyon included highly acclaimed tours of Japan and to major German cities; a live recording of Mahler 3, released on Altus; and a major Stravinsky dance project. His Leipzig tenure was inaugurated last September with a Haydn/Schoenberg concert in the Dresdner Frauenkirche and the release of his first Leipzig recording (Brahms/Schoenberg on Querstand). Recording and touring plans with both ONL and MDR stretch well into the future; in addition to their existing relationships with Querstand, Pentatone and Altus, both orchestras have embarked upon ambitious recording projects with Naxos, for whom Märkl will record Mendelssohn in Leipzig and Ravel, Debussy and Messiaen in Lyon. Märkl has long been a regular guest with leading German orchestras, and in 2008 returned to the Munich Philharmonic and the Radio Sinfonie Orchester Berlin.