Juraj Valčuha was appointed music director of the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, in October 2016, and is also first guest conductor of the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra. He was chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Turin, from 2009 to 2016. Mr. Valčuha studied composition and conducting in Bratislava, in St. Petersburg with Ilya Musin, and in Paris. He made his debut with the Orchestre national de France in 2005, and in the following seasons led London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala. His North American debuts have included the Pittsburgh, Boston, Cincinnati, Montreal, National, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic. He toured Europe with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, making stops at Vienna’s Musikverein and Berlin Philharmonie, and traveled to Abu Dhabi Classics. In 2015–16 Mr. Valčuha returned to conduct the New York Philharmonic in New York and at the Bravo! Vail festival, as well as to the Pittsburgh and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, Minnesota Orchestra, and Munich and Czech Philharmonic orchestras. In 2016–17 he made debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra, and returned to San Francisco, Montreal, Minnesota, and Orchestre de Paris. On the opera stage, he recently conducted Gounod’s Faust in Florence, Britten’s Peter Grimes in Bologna as well as R. Strauss’s Elektra, Bizet’s Carmen, and Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West at Teatro di San Carlo, Naples.
Juraj Valčuha’s 2017–18 engagements bring him back to the American orchestras in San Francisco, Detroit, Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Toronto. He joins the Berlin Konzerthaus, Munich Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Swedish Radio, and NDR Elbphilharmonie orchestras, as well as the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Torino and Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. At Naples’s Teatro San Carlo, he will conduct productions of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Verdi’s Don Carlo.
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