Born in the Czech Republic, Jakub Hrůša is chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. A frequent guest with many of the world’s greatest orchestras, he enjoys close relationships with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra della Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In the 2018–19 season he will make debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Tokyo’s NHK Symphony.
Mr. Hrůša has collaborated with leading soloists, including Behzod Abduraimov, Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lisa Batiashvili, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Rudolf Buchbinder, Isabelle Faust, Bernarda Fink, Julia Fischer, Vilde Frang, Sol Gabetta, Christian Gerhaher, Kirill Gerstein, Karen Gomyo, Augustin Hadelich, Hilary Hahn, Alina Ibragimova, Janine Jansen, Karita Mattila, Leonidas Kavakos, Sergey Khachatryan, Lang Lang, Igor Levit, Jan Lisiecki, Albrecht Mayer, Johannes Moser, Viktoria Mullova, Anne Sofie Mutter, Kristine Opolais, Stephanie d’Oustrac. Olga Peretyatko, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Josef Špaček, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Daniil Trifonov, Simon Trpčeski, Mitsuko Uchida, Klaus Florian Vogt, Yuja Wang, Frank Peter Zimmermann, and Nikolaj Znaider.
A regular guest with Glyndebourne Festival and music director of Glyndebourne On Tour for three years, he has conducted Barber’s Vanessa, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Turn of the Screw, Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Puccini’s La bohème. He has led productions for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Carmen), Vienna Staatsoper (Janáček’s The Makropulos Case), Opéra national de Paris (Dvořák’s Rusalka and Lehár’s The Merry Widow), and Frankfurt Opera (Puccini’s Il trittico).
Recent recordings include Smetana’s Má vlast with the Bamberg Symphony (Tudor), and Bartók’s and Kodály’s Concertos for Orchestra with RSB Berlin (Pentatone). He has also recorded Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, and Suk’s Asrael Symphony with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (Octavia Records); violin concertos by Tchaikovsky and Bruch with Nicola Benedetti and the Czech Philharmonic (Universal); and nine discs of Czech repertoire with PKF-Prague Philharmonia, where he was music director from 2009 to 2015 (Pentatone and Supraphon).
Jakub Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where his teachers included Jiří Bělohlávek. He is president of the International Martinů Circle and The Dvořák Society, and in 2015 was the inaugural recipient of the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize.