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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. Recent highlights have included Bohemian Legends and The Mighty Five – two major series specially devised for the Philharmonia Orchestra; a two-week focus on Martinů and Roussel for Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France; and performances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, DSO Berlin, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Last season, he made his débuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Filarmonica della Scala.     The 16/17 season sees him make major debuts with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, 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,

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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. Recent highlights have included Bohemian Legends and The Mighty Five – two major series specially devised for the Philharmonia Orchestra; a two-week focus on Martinů and Roussel for Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France; and performances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, DSO Berlin, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Last season, he made his débuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Filarmonica della Scala.  
 
The 16/17 season sees him make major debuts with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, 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, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 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 (a new production of 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, he has released six discs for Supraphon including a live recording of Smetana’s Má vlast from the Prague Spring Festival. He has made live recordings of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie and Suk’s Asrael Symphony with TMSO for Octavia Records; and other recordings include the Tchaikovsky and Bruch violin concertos with Nicola Benedetti and the Czech Philharmonic (Universal), and a series of three discs with PKF-Prague Philharmonia for Pentatone, including orchestral works by Dvořák, and cello concertos with Johannes Moser. He will also embark on a new partnership in the coming seasons with Tudor and Bamberg Symphony. His latest disc, Smetana’s Má vlast with Bamberg Symphony, is released in autumn 2016, coinciding with the start of his tenure as Chief Conductor. 
  
Jakub Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he now lives with his wife and two children. 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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"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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