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One of today’s most sought-after and dynamic conductors, acclaimed worldwide for his incisive musicianship and adventurous artistic commitment, Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow, and completed the first part of his musical studies at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he relocated with his family to Germany, continuing his studies at the Musikhochschule of Dresden and Berlin, studying conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night, and the same year saw his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Nabucco. Vladimir Jurowski has been Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera since 2001 and in 2003 was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, becoming the orchestra's Principal Conductor in September 2007. He also holds the titles of Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Artistic Director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra. He has also held the positions of First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997-2001), Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2000-2003), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra (2005-2009). Vladimir Jurowski is a regular guest with many of the world's leading orchestras in both Europe and North America, including the Berlin and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Dresden Staatskapelle. Highlights of the 2012/13 season and beyond include his debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and San Francisco Symphony, and return visits to the Chicago Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Accademia di Santa Cecilia and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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One of today’s most sought-after conductors, acclaimed worldwide for his incisive musicianship and adventurous artistic commitment, Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow in 1972, and completed the first part of his musical studies at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he relocated with his family to Germany, continuing his studies at the Musikhochschule of Dresden and Berlin, studying conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night, and the same year saw his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Nabucco.


Vladimir Jurowski was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003, becoming the orchestra's Principal Conductor in September 2007. He also holds the titles of Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Artistic Director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra. He has also held the positions of First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997-2001), Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2000-2003), Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra (2005-2009) and Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001-2013).
Vladimir Jurowski has appeared on the podium with many of the world's leading orchestras in both Europe and North America, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, and the Staatskapelle Dresden.


Highlights of the 2014/15 season and beyond include his return visits to the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw and Philadelphia Orchestras; tours with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and an unique project with the London Sinfonietta in Moscow to celebrate the Anglo-Russian Year of Cultural Exchange. 


Jurowski made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York in 1999 with Rigoletto, and has since returned for Jenufa, The Queen of Spades and Hansel und Gretel. He has conducted Parsifal and Wozzeck at the Welsh National Opera, War and Peace at the Opera National de Paris, Eugene Onegin at Teatro alla Scala Milan, Ruslan and Ludmila at the Bolshoi Theatre, and Iolanta and Der Teufel von Loudon at the Dresden Semperoper, as well as Die Zauberflöte, La Cenerentola, Otello, Macbeth, Falstaff, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Don Giovanni, The Rake’s Progress, The Cunning Little Vixen, Ariadne auf Naxos and Peter Eötvös’ Love and Other Demons at Glyndebourne Opera. In 2013 he returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Die Frau ohne Schatten, and future engagements include Moses und Aron at the Komische Oper Berlin and The Fiery Angel at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.


Jurowski’s discography includes the first ever recording of the cantata Exile by Giya Kancheli for ECM, Meyerbeer’s L’etoile du Nord for Marco Polo, Massenet’s Werther for BMG, and a series of records for PentaTone with the Russian National Orchestra, including Tchaikovsky's Orchestral Suite No. 3 and Stravinsky's Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée, Shostakovich Symphonies No 1 & 6, Prokofiev Symphony No 5, and Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet Incidental Music. The London Philharmonic Orchestra has released a wide selection of his live recordings on their LPO Live label, including the complete symphonies of Brahms, Mahler Symphony No. 2, Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies 1, 4, 5, 6 and Manfred, and works by Turnage, Holst, Britten, Shostakovich, Honegger and Haydn. Most recent releases have included Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy, and an album of orchestral works by the Orchestra's Composer in Residence, Julian Anderson. His tenure as Music Director at Glyndebourne has been documented in CD releases of La Cenerentola, Tristan und Isolde and Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery, and DVD releases of his performances of Ariadne auf Naxos, La Cenerentola, Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Don Giovanni, and Rachmaninov’s The Miserly Knight, and other DVD releases include Hansel und Gretel from the Metropolitan Opera New York, his first concert as London Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal conductor featuring works by Wagner, Berg and Mahler, and DVDs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Beethoven symphonies 4 and 7) and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Strauss and Ravel), all released by Medici Arts.

 

Season 2014/15

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"The guiding spirit clearly is Vladimir Jurowski in his final new production as the festival's Music Director. The LPO does his bidding from first note to last, offering playing of the utmost sensitivity and accomplishment. Jurowski is, of course, the theatre man par excellence, always connected to every details of the events onstage. He thoroughly understands not just the bustle of the Prologue but also the outpourings of heavenly Straussian lyricism there and later in the opera proper."

International Record Review, September 2014

"The guest performance in the “Alte Oper Frankfurt”, conducted by the judicious Vladimir Jurowski created a completely new sound world. The music had incredible precision and musical gestures emerged in a wonderfully vivid way."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Kultur, 26th March 2014

"Throughout the performance Jurowski’s commanding appreciation and manipulation of the whole and of the details and minutiae was impressively assured; the merest sign from the baton, clear and precise, was all that the performers required, and confident, communal understanding was unfailingly evident. "

Claire Seymour, Opera Today, October 2013

"The greatest heroes of the occasion, though, are the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Jurowski, whose superb performance makes this Glyndebourne recording [of Tristan und Isolde] an indispensable addition to a Wagnerian’s collection, however large it may be. "

Michael Tanner, BBC Music Magazine, September 2013

"The great strength here is musical fastidiousness. Leading his first Tristan, Vladimir Jurowski has imbued the performance with a special elegance and an unerring sense of proportion. Expressively speaking, absolutely nothing is exaggerated; even in Act 3 Jurowski never lets cumulative dramatic power interfere with his and his colleagues’ command of the score’s essential requirements. Much can be said for a Tristan in which a consistent, unaffected purity of musical approach comes squarely to the force."

Roger Pines, International Record Review of Glyndebourne "Tristan und Isolde", September 2013

"The most memorable Boston Symphony Orchestra performance of 2012 came in November, when the Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski, in his BSO debut, led a searing account of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony. His music-making tends to crackle with fresh ideas and intellectual engagement. […] Jurowski’s podium technique prizes concision of gesture and he manages a striking degree of orchestral control through a minimum of motion. […] the musical insights and micro-sculpting of phrases kept the ear perpetually engaged. "

Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe, June 2013

"Vladimir Jurowski conducts magnificently: aside from Mackerras himself, I've never heard [The Cunning Little Vixen] conducted with such colour, wit, detail and dramatic urgency; but there is also such tenderness and flexibility [...] there's not a single musical judgement that left me unconvinced."

Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, May 2013

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