An Austrian citizen Romanian by birth, Ion Marin trained at the George Enescu Academy in Bucharest, followed by the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Accademia Chiggiana in Siena.
Ion Marin's first major post as Resident Conductor was held at the Vienna Staatsoper during Claudio Abbado's directorship between 1986 and 1991.
Since 1994, he has conducted in virtually all the major international opera houses, including the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Paris Bastille, La Fenice and Dresden Semperoper. Recently he conducted a production of La Rondine at the San Francisco Opera, Werther at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and The Rake's Progress at the Royal Danish Opera.
Ion Marin has also established a solid reputation in the symphonic repertoire. He is a regular guest conductor of such ensembles as the Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre National d'Ile de France, Philharmonia Orchestra (London), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Bayerishcer Rundfunk Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, and New Japan Philharmonic.
Ion Marin's innovative approach led, in 2005, to the founding of the Philharmonic Sinfonietta Berlin, a chamber ensemble comprising members of the Berlin Philharmoniker.
Recent highlights include the Berliner Philharmoniker's annual Waldbühne concert, Verdi's Requiem with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and a tour of Italy with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Ion Marin's relationship with the orchestra continues in the 2010/11 season, which will see reinvitations to the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Tivoli Festival as well as an extensive tour of Asia.
His discography has earned him three Grammy Award Nominations, the Deustche Schallplatten Critic Prize, and Diapason d'Or and the BBC Classic Prize. His recordings have been issued on labels such as Deutsche Grammophone, Decca, Sony, Philips and EMI.