A native of Slovenia, Marko Letonja studied piano and conducting at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. Following his studies with conductor Otmar Suitner at the Academy for Music and Theater in Vienna, Letonja went on to be music director of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra from 1991 to 2003. He became music director and chief conductor of Theater Basel in 2003, which began a period of intense activity in the field of opera, with performances at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, the Semperoper in Dresden, La Scala, the Staatsoper in Berlin, and other venues. Outside opera, he has conducted many concerts with international orchestras, including the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Since 2012, Letonja has served as the chief conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and as the chief conductor and artistic director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.