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Born in the Czech Republic and described by Gramophone as ‘on the verge of greatness’, Jakub Hrůša has served as Music Director and Chief Conductor of PKF – Prague Philharmonia since 2009.  He is also Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO), with whom he recently extended his commitment through the 17/18 season.   He is a regular guest with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony (SWR), WDR Cologne, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies. Recent highlights included Bohemian Legends, a major series with the Philharmonia Orchestra devoted to the music of Dvořák, Suk and Janáček, and débuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Finnish National Opera (Jenůfa). 2014/15 sees a new series, entitled The Mighty Five, for the Philharmonia Orchestra, and débuts with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Bamberg Symphony, RAI Torino, DSO Berlin, and Paris Opera (Rusalka). In the field of opera, he has been a regular guest with the Glyndebourne Festival

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Born in the Czech Republic and described by Gramophone as ‘on the verge of greatness’, Jakub Hrůša has served as Music Director and Chief Conductor of PKF – Prague Philharmonia since 2009.  He is also Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO), with whom he recently extended his commitment through the 17/18 season.
 
He is a regular guest with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony (SWR), WDR Cologne, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies.

Recent highlights included Bohemian Legends, a major series with the Philharmonia Orchestra devoted to the music of Dvořák, Suk and Janáček, and débuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Finnish National Opera (Jenůfa).

2014/15 sees a new series, entitled The Mighty Five, for the Philharmonia Orchestra, and débuts with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Bamberg Symphony, RAI Torino, DSO Berlin, and Paris Opera (Rusalka).

In the field of opera, he has been a regular guest with the Glyndebourne Festival and Tour since his début in 2008, conducting Carmen, The Turn of the Screw, Don Giovanni, La bohème and Rusalka, and serving as Music Director of Glyndebourne On Tour (2010–12). Elsewhere he has led productions for Royal Danish Opera (Boris Godunov) and Prague National Theatre (The Cunning Little Vixen; Rusalka).

As a recording artist, he has released six discs for Supraphon including a critically acclaimed live recording of Smetana’s Má vlast from the Prague Spring Festival. Other recordings include the Tchaikovsky and Bruch violin concertos with Nicola Benedetti and the Czech Philharmonic (Universal), and live recordings of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie with TMSO (Octavia Records).

Originally from Brno, Jakub Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he now lives with his wife and daughter. He is currently President of the International Martinů Circle.

For more information please visit:
www.jakubhrusa.com
facebook.com/jakub.hrusa.conductor

September 2014.  Previously dated biographies not authorised for publication.  Please contact IMG Artists if you wish to edit this biography in any way.

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Reviews

"Hrůša's direction of the piece [Praga] glowed with conviction from first to last."

The Guardian

"Hrůša and the Philharmonia found just the right note of latent anxiety"

BachTrack

"[Hrůša is] ‘an invigorating presence, leaping off the balls of his feet as he steers an orchestra through something middle European or beyond’"

The Times

"Outstanding! Beg, borrow or steal a ticket for the final concert"

Classical Source

"You just never know when lightning will strike in a concert hall. It happened Thursday night at the Meyerhoff, where conductor Jakub Hrusa made his Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debut..."

Baltimore Sun

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Discography