Juraj Valcuha is chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Torino. The Slovakian studied composition, conducting, and cymbalon at the Bratislava Conservatory; he spent two years in St. Petersburg, where he studied conducting with Ilya Musin, and then moved to Paris where he studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur with Janos Fürst. Mr. Valcuha served as assistant music director of the Orchestre et Opéra National de Montpellier from 2003 to 2005; during this time he made debuts with the Orchestre National de France (with whom he recorded the Alaleona's Opera Mirra) and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France.
Mr. Valcuha has conducted the Orchestre National de France in a double-bill of Debussy's La Chute de la Maison Usher and Chapochnikov's Le Jardin Empoisonné; Puccini's La Bohème in Paris and at Teatro Comunale Bologna; and Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle and Poulenc's La Voix Humaine at the Opéra de Lyon. He has also led the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, Dreden Staatskapelle, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Oslo Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Rome, the Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia London, Florence's Orchestra del Maggio Musicale, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Milan's Orchestra Verdi, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Pittsburgh, Houston, and National (Washington D.C.) symphony orchestra. He made his debut with the Bavarian Staatsoper in Munich and Deutsche Oper Berlin with Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and led a Verdi Gala with the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice Venice in the first "Abu Dhabi Classics" season.
In the 2012-13 season Mr. Valcuha is scheduled to return to the National Symphony Orchestra, London's Philharmonia, Pittsburgh Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and Milan's Filarmonica della Scala.