Born in the Czech Republic, Jakub Hrůša is chief conductor of Bamberg Symphony, permanent guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, and principal guest conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
His recent guest appearances include two series especially devised for London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Bohemian Legends and The Mighty Five, and his debut with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In the 2016–17 season he makes debuts with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, in addition to the New York Philharmonic.
As an opera conductor, Mr. Hrůša is a regular guest with Glyndebourne Festival — where he has conducted 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 — and he has served as music director of Glyndebourne on Tour for three years. Elsewhere he has led productions for Vienna Staatsoper, Opéra national de Paris, Frankfurt Opera, Finnish National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, and Prague National Theatre.
As a recording artist, Mr. Hrůša has released six discs for Supraphon, which include a live recording of Smetana’s Má vlast from the Prague Spring Festival. He has also made live recordings of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, R. Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie, and Suk’s Asrael Symphony with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra for Octavia Records. Other recordings include Tchaikovsky’s and Bruch’s Violin Concertos with Nicola Benedetti and the Czech Philharmonic (Universal) and a series of three discs with PKF-Prague Philharmonia for Pentatone, including orchestral works by Dvořák, and cello concertos with Johannes Moser. He will also embark on a new partnership in the coming seasons with the Bamberg Symphony and the Tudor label. His latest disc, Smetana’s Má vlast with the Bamberg Symphony, was released in the fall of 2016, coinciding with the start of his tenure as chief conductor.
Jakub Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and is currently president of the International Martinů Circle. In 2015 he was the inaugural recipient of the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize.
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