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Born in the Czech Republic and described by Gramophone as ‘on the verge of greatness’, Jakub Hrůša is Chief Conductor Designate of the 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, Czech Philharmonic, 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 Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, DSO Berlin, and Russian National Orchestra. 2015/16 will see him make eagerly-awaited debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, and at the Vienna State Opera (a new production of The Makropulos Case directed by Peter Stein) and Frankfurt Opera (Il trittico).  He also returns to Glyndebourne Festival in 2016 to lead The Cunning Little Vixen.   As a conductor

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Born in the Czech Republic and described by Gramophone as ‘on the verge of greatness’, Jakub Hrůša is Chief Conductor Designate of the 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, Czech Philharmonic, 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 Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, DSO Berlin, and Russian National Orchestra.

2015/16 will see him make eagerly-awaited debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, and at the Vienna State Opera (a new production of The Makropulos Case directed by Peter Stein) and Frankfurt Opera (Il trittico).  He also returns to Glyndebourne Festival in 2016 to lead The Cunning Little Vixen.  

As a conductor of opera, he has been a regular guest with the Glyndebourne Festival since his début in 2008, conducting CarmenThe Turn of the ScrewDon Giovanni and La bohème,and serving as Music Director of Glyndebourne On Tour from 2010 to 2012. Elsewhere he has led productions for Opéra National de Paris (Rusalka), Finnish National Opera (Jenůfa), Royal Danish Theatre (Boris Godunov), and Prague National Theatre (The Cunning Little Vixen and Rusalka).

As a recording artist, he has released six discs for Supraphon including a 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); live recordings of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie and Suk’s Asrael Symphony with TMSO for Octavia Records; and, as the first in a three-disc series for Pentatone with PKF-Prague Philharmonia, Dvořák and Lalo cello concertos with Johannes Moser.  He will also embark on a new partnership in the coming seasons with Tudor and Bamberg Symphony.


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

 

October 2015.  Previously dated biographies are not authorised for publication.  Please contact IMG Artists if you wish to edit this biography in any way.

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"Jakub Hruša’s sensational conducting reinforces the vivacity and stylishness: the London Philharmonic sound brilliantly effervescent under his baton and a score too often taken for granted comes thrillingly alive. (On Glyndebourne's 'Carmen')"

The Times

"Refinement, sophistication … an extraordinarily strong artistic personality … full of drama and lyricism … a conductor of absolute genuine quality"

Harmonie

"Graceful, impressive, flowing and beautifully expressive"

Opera Plus

"The conductor is Jakub Hrůša, and under his direction the London Philharmonic make this quicksilver score sound sumptuous, at times almost Straussian, and pulsing with life"

The Guardian

"The drama is magnificently focused by Jakub Hrusa’s conducting … he brings an irresistible life force to the London Philharmonic’s playing… Hrusa finds countless absorbing details and treats the whole score…as one luscious tone poem. (On Glyndebourne's 'The Cunning Little Vixen')"

The Times

"Czech conductor Jakub Hrusa, attuned to the score’s every nuance, draws magnificent playing from the London Philharmonic (On Glyndebourne's 'The Cunning Little Vixen')"

The Stage

"Marvellously energised and colourful…..The performance’s hero is the young Czech conductor Jakub Hrusa. (On Glyndebourne's 'The Cunning Little Vixen')"

The Telegraph

"Jakub Hrůša led a fiery, passionate account of Bizet’s score, dripping with drama. [On Glyndebourne's 'Carmen']"

BachTrack

"Jakub Hrůša, always an excellent conductor, capitalises on everything to deliver a taut, glittering yet nuanced account of the score "

The Telegraph

"'...dynamic, energised conducting from Jakub Hrůša.'"

The Arts Desk

"'...guest conductor Jakub Hrůša brought down the house after intermission — or should we say, knocked the paintings right off the walls?'"

Cleveland Classical

"Hrusa paced things perfectly, releasing the floodgates at the exact right moment. More effective, harder-hitting finales simply don't exist."

Cleveland.com

"Jakub Hrůša is a rising star among conductors"

Classical Net, Brian Wigman

"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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