Jakub Hrůša

Conductor

Chief Conductor, Bamberg Symphony
Principal Guest Conductor, Czech Philharmonic
Principal Guest Conductor, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Biography

Born in the Czech Republic, Jakub Hrůša is Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He was also formerly Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

He is a frequent guest with many of the world’s greatest orchestras, enjoying close relationships and performing regularly with the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, NHK Symphony and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra – and in the US with The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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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

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

Bachtrack

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“[the score] requires a dab hand on the baton to spark it into life. With Jakub Hrůša, that is never in doubt: his fresh, fluid and warm-hearted conducting makes these four and a half hours flash by.”

The i April 2022

“The way it was played last night, by Jakub Hrůša and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, will have delighted Lohengrin devotees … Hrůša treated us to a masterclass in Wagnerian conducting …”

Bachtrack April 2022

Musically, the revival is built on extremely strong foundations. Jakub Hrůša has an unerring sense of the work’s structure …. The Royal Opera orchestra’s playing in the great scene between Lohengrin’s two enemies, Telramund and Ortrud, in act two was gripping.”

The Guardian April 2022

“Jakub Hrůša shines at the podium … Best of all was the orchestral playing under the astute leadership of Jakub Hrůša … the climaxes, to the Prelude and to each of the acts, are just stunning. The Royal Opera is on the lookout for a new Music Director: could this engagement by a try-out for Hrůša? If so, he is a strong contender.”

The Arts Desk  April 2022

“Hrusa’s contribution … was crucial. His handling of the climactic procession to the minster later in the act, of the unfolding denouement in the last act and indeed of the whole drama was revelatory … masterly musical direction … an evening of acute theatrical potency”

Evening Standard  April 2022

“What makes this revival truly stand out is its talent … conductor Jakub Hrusa cannily distils the eeriest sonorities of the score, highlighting its bleak beauty … Hrusa deploys the big guns of the enlarged orchestra with authority …”

The Times April 2022

“Simply magnificent Voříšek symphony and Beethoven Ninth from Hrůša and the Philharmonia … Even by the Philharmonia Orchestra’s exalted standards, this was an exceptional concert … So many moments of great character here – it truly did sound as if the players were having a ball at the sheer joy of performance … a superb account characterised by Hrůša’s incredibly intelligent conducting. He sees the long view, so structurally each movement has a grand arc of its own and each, in turn, leads inexorably to that finale … the strength of Hrůša’s interpretation and the Philharmonia’s magnificent realisation of the score … This was certainly one of the finest Beethoven Ninth’s this reviewer has heard, prepared for via a perfectly judged, and impeccably executed, first half … Simply magnificent.”

Seen and Heard International  April 2022

“[Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4] has never been heard in a more fresh and colourful, imaginative, and richly blossoming performance than in this one under Jakub Hrůša.”

ICMA January 2022

“It’s all here! Taut, refreshing, often inspired, never bland. Such music-making confirms Hrůša as among the very finest Mahler conductors of the younger generation.”

Gramophone Magazine  September 2021

“I don’t believe that I have ever heard this symphony before in such a compelling, narrative, atmospheric and agitated performance … astonishing …”

Pizzicato March 2020

“… very special … really superb … [Hrůša] has this music in his blood …”

Fanfare Magazine July 2017

a triumph of balanced energy, gentle emotion, and clear sound … There is something beguiling and profoundly right about Hrůša’s way with the music … a privileged glimpse into the human heart.”

Fanfare Magazine July 2017

“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 

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