Born in the Czech Republic, Jakub Hrůša is chief conductor of Bamberg Symphony, principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, permanent guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, and principal guest conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, having served as music director and chief conductor of PKF-Prague Philharmonia from 2009 to 2015. Mr. Hrůša is a regular guest with many of the world’s greatest orchestras, with recent highlights including debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Rome’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Mahler Chamber, Boston Symphony, and Chicago Symphony orchestras. He also presided over Bohemian Legends and The Mighty Five, two major series specially devised for the Philharmonia Orchestra, and appeared with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, DSO Berlin, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. In the 2017–18 season he makes debuts with the San Francisco Symphony and Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. As a conductor of opera, Mr. Hrůša has been a regular guest with Glyndebourne Festival, conducting 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 serving as music director of Glyndebourne On Tour for three years. Elsewhere he has appeared with Vienna Staatsoper (leading a new production of Janáček’s The Makropulos Case), Opéra national de Paris (Dvořák’s Rusalka), Frankfurt Opera (Puccini’s Il trittico), Finnish National Opera (Janáček’s Jenůfa), Royal Danish Opera (Musorgksy’s Boris Godunov), and Prague National Theatre (The Cunning Little Vixen and Rusalka). This season he returns to the Opera national de Paris (Lehár’s The Merry Widow), and makes his debut at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden (Carmen). As a recording artist, Jakub Hrůša has released six discs of Czech music for Supraphon. His latest disc presents Smetana’s Má vlast with the Bamberg Symphony for Tudor. He has also recorded Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Richard Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie, and Suk’s Asrael Symphony with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (for Octavia Records); Tchaikovsky and Bruch violin concertos with Nicola Benedetti and the Czech Philharmonic (Universal); and three discs with PKF-Prague Philharmonia (Pentatone). Mr. Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where his teachers included Jiří Bělohlávek. He 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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