Jakub Hrůša

Chief Conductor, Bamberg Symphony
Permanent Guest Conductor, Czech Philharmonic
Principal Guest Conductor, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

Biography

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. From 2017/2018, he becomes Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
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 Orchestre 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.

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Jakub Hrůša Thrills on Cleveland Return and Boston Symphony Debut

Jakub Hrůša’s 2016/17 season reads something like a dream. The gifted young conductor, who recently received critical acclaim for his debut as Chief Conductor of the Bamberger Symphoniker, has earned raves for his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (October...

Reviews

“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

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

Bachtrack

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“With an original approach that privileges epic scope in measured tempi, the conductor Jakub Hrusa offers the famous score a most poignant vision. Perfectly mastering the balance between instruments, he gives life to fragrant emotion throughout the cycle.”

Opus Haute Définition May 31st 2017

“… colourful and exciting … impassioned … animated … impressive … an auspicious debut.”

The New York Times May 26th 2017

“Ma Vlast clearly is close to Jakub Hrusa’s heart. He made it speak through the orchestra to the hearts of his listeners… Mark well the name of this upwardly mobile conductor. He deserves a return engagement at Orchestra Hall.”

Chicago Tribune May 19th 2017

“Everything I hear from this charismatic Czech conductor leaps off the page … Hrůša showed how completely he is inside the music in this big-hearted, compelling performance. Every instrumental nuance, every slender rubato and explosion of drama took us directly into this Symphony’s universal but specifically Czech character … spellbinding …”

Classical Source

“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 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 

“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