Son of the composer Wladimir Jurowski and grandson of the conductor David Block, Michail Jurowski was educated at the Moscow Conservatoire, where he studied conducting under Leo Ginsburg and music science under Alexei Kandinsky. During his studies he assisted Gennady Rozhdestvensky at the National Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Moscow.
From 1978 Michail Jurowski was regular guest conductor at the Komische Oper Berlin and in 1989 he left the USSR with his family and was offered a permanent post with the Dresden Semperoper. Other titled positions have included: General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra; Chief Conductor of Leipzig Opera; Chief Conductor of WDR Rundfunkorchester in Cologne; Principal Guest Conductor of the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria.
As a guest conductor Michail Jurowski has led the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porta Casa da Música, São Paulo Symphony and Stavanger Symphony orchestras among others. He has worked with opera houses such as La Scala, Opéra de Paris, The Bolshoi and Opernhaus Zürich.
The 14/15 season will see Michail return to the Bolshoi to conduct Fiery Angel as well as The Queen of Spades and he will also lead the State Academic Symphony Orchestra at the Viktor Sedov Memorial concert. His other ballet and opera engagements include Eugene Onegin at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Czar’s Bride at Cité de la Musique in Paris and Romeo and Juliet at the Opernhaus Zürich. He will also return to conduct the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto, Flanders Opera’s New Year’s concerts, Tirol Symphony Orchestra Innsbruck, Royal Danish Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia.
Born in Moscow in 1945, Michail Jurowski is the son of the composer Wladimir Jurowski and grandson of the conductor David Block. His sons Vladimir and Dmitri are also internationally renowned conductors. Michail Jurowski grew up in the circle of internationally acclaimed artists of the former Soviet Union such as Ojstrach, Rostropovitch, Kogan, Gilels, and Chatchaturjan. Dmitri Shostakovich was a close family friend and he and Michail not only spoke often but would also play four-hand piano pieces together. Such experiences had a huge influence on the young musician and it is therefore no coincidence that today Michail Jurowski is one of the leading interpreters of Shostakovich’s music. In 2012 Michail Jurowski was awarded the third International Shostakovich Prize by the Shostakovich Gohrisch Foundation.
Michail Jurowski was educated at the Moscow Conservatoire, where he studied conducting under Leo Ginsburg and music science under Alexei Kandinsky. During his studies he assisted Gennady Rozhdestvensky at the National Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Moscow. While still a resident in Russia, he conducted the Music Theatre of Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko in Moscow and during his last years in the Soviet Union frequently conducted performances at the Bolshoi Theatre.
From 1978 Michail Jurowski was regular guest conductor at the Komische Oper Berlin and in 1989 he left the USSR with his family after accepting permanent post with the Dresden Semperoper. Other titled positions have included: General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra; Chief Conductor of Leipzig Opera; Chief Conductor of WDR Rundfunkorchester
in Cologne; Principal Conductor of German Opera Berlin (Deutsche oper Berlin); Principal Guest Conductor of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
As a guest conductor Michail Jurowski has led the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, King capelle Copenhagen, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porta Casa da Música and São Paulo Symphony. Since 1995 he has enjoyed very close relationships with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Norrkoping
Symphony Orchestra where he has conducted each season. In addition he is Principal Guest Conductor of the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (Ostrava, Czech Republic) and Sinfonia Iuventus (Warsaw, Poland).
Recent highlights have included appearances with the London, Warsaw and St Petersburg philharmonic orchestras, Moscow State symphonic orchestra (‘Svetlanov’ Orchestra). He also conducted the Dresden Staatskapelle at the International Shostakovich Festival in Gohrisch, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Lübeck Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic’s New Year’s concerts, the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria, the Norwegian Opera Orchestra and Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. The 15/16 Opera and Ballet season saw a return to the Bolshoi with Prokofiev‘s Fiery Angel, Pique Dame, Eugene Onegin for Malmö Opera, revival of the lauded Romeo and Juliet with Zurich Opera, La Scala Milan with Cinderella and Swan Lake (new productions).
The upcoming 16/17 season includes The Fiery Angel with Staatsoper Munich and Swan Lake at La Scala, as well as concerts with the Belgrade Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, King Capelle Copenhagen, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava and Sinfonia Iuventus in Warsaw.
Besides televised concerts and radio recordings in Stuttgart, Cologne, Dresden, Oslo, Norrköping, Hannover and Berlin, Maestro Jurowski has recorded with Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and has conducted various CD recordings, including film music, Shostakovich’s opera The Gamblers, Shostakovich’s entire vocal symphonic pieces, Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Christmas Eve, as well as orchestral pieces by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Reznicek, Meyerbeer, Lehár, Kálmán, Nicolai, Rangström, Pettersen-Berger, Grieg, Svensen, Kantcheli and many others.
In 1992 and 1996 Jurowski won the German Record Critics' Prize and in 2001 he received a Grammy nomination for 3 CD productions of Orchestral Music by Rimsky-Korsakov with the RSB Orchestra.
"...The baton drives with relentless accuracy... but the soul of the music is never forgotten. Jurowski epitomises the synthesis of precision and lyricism."Benedikt Leßmann, Leipziger Volkszeitung
"The conductor achieved the fusion of singers and musicians outstandingly well."Marcel Paolino, Der neue Merker
"The artisan of this mile stone marking evening is a genuine wizard of the baton. Michail Jurowski galvanises the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, from the overture and its bewitching silky legato strings, sounds that are rarely heard: superbly balanced desks, golden colour from the ensemble, shiny and deep at once with remarkable soloists. "Nicolas Grienenberger, Classiquenews
"Jurowski conducted precisely and powerfully, building up the colossus of the incredible orchestral Poem of Ecstasy and Prometheus / The Poem of Fire stone by stone. The conductor kept a fairly wide tempo which brought out the richness of the orchestration and instrumental brilliance"Pierre-Jean Tribot, Res Musica
"Michail Jurowski... was the mastermind behind the event, conducting the works with consummate skill and a commanding, bear-like presence. "Chris Garlick, bachtrack
"★★★★★ One of the season’s most rewarding and unforgettable concerts."Hilary Finch, The Times
"Jurowski senior definitely had the measure of the piece, holding together the complex mix of improvisation and notated passages. He and the orchestra, who were clearly enjoying themselves, never flinched from being lurid and brazen when needed, particularly in the riotous second movement."Chris Garlick, Bachtrack
"How hard and tirelessly the LPO, brass especially, worked to terrorize and humour us. The theatrics of Jurowski senior may have been deadpan – hands in pockets when the baton wasn't needed – but you see where his son gets his absolutely clear and definitive beat from, every entry elegantly cued, and he shaped the multipart string slow movement towards a shattering climax and back."David Nice, The Arts Desk
Alexander Knaifel: The Canterville Ghost - Moscow Forum Theatre Orchestra 2012
Russian Romances, Shostakovich - WDR 2011
Grieg: Chasing the Butterfly - Oslo Philharmonic 2011
Alexander Dargomizhsky: Russalka - WDR 2010
Rimsky-Korsakov - Overture on Russian themes op.28 - Berliner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester 2010
Norwegian Heartland - The Romantic Orchestral Heritage - Oslo Philharmonic 2008
Symphonic Poems: Johan Selmer, Johan Svendsen - Oslo Philharmonic 2008
Pique Dame, Sergei Prokofiev - Berliner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester 2005
Shostakovich: King Lear, Berlin Radio Chorus - Berliner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester 2005