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Born in the Czech Republic and described by Gramophone as ‘on the verge of greatness’, Jakub Hrůša is Chief Conductor of Bamberg Symphony, Permanent Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO), and served as Music Director and Chief Conductor of PKF–Prague Philharmonia from 2009 to 2015.
He is a regular guest with many of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
Recent highlights have included Bohemian Legends and The Mighty Five – two major series specially devised for the Philharmonia Orchestra – and débuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Upcoming debuts include the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra.
As a conductor of opera, he has been a regular guest with Glyndebourne Festival, conducting The Cunning Little Vixen, Carmen, The Turn of the Screw, Don Giovanni and La bohème, and serving as Music Director of Glyndebourne On Tour for three years. Elsewhere he has led productions for Vienna State Opera (The Makropulos Case), Opéra National de Paris (Rusalka), Frankfurt Opera (Il trittico), Finnish National Opera (Jenůfa), Royal Danish Opera (Boris Godunov), and Prague National Theatre (The Cunning Little Vixen and Rusalka).
As a recording artist, his releases include a live recording of Smetana’s Má vlast from the Prague Spring Festival; the Tchaikovsky and Bruch violin concertos with Nicola Benedetti and the Czech Philharmonic; and live recordings of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie and Suk’s Asrael Symphony with TMSO. Previously for Pentatone he has released discs of Dvorak’s Overtures and cello concertos by Dvorak and Lalo with Johannes Moser – both with PKF – Prague Philharmonia.
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 at the Janacek Theatre in Brno.