Jakub Hrůša

Chief Conductor, Bamberg Symphony
Principal Guest Conductor, Philharmonia Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor, Czech Philharmonic



Born in the Czech Republic, Jakub Hrůša is Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic.

He is a frequent guest with many of the world’s greatest orchestras, and in the 2018/19 season made debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Orchestre de Paris and NHK Symphony, to all of which he was immediately re-invited. In addition to his titled positions, he also enjoys close relationships with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra , Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the New York Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Vienna Radio Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The 2019/20 season will see him return to the Berlin Philharmonic and make debuts with The Pittsburgh Symphony, Zurich Opera (a new production of the The Makropulos Case) and the Dutch National Opera (a new production for the Holland Festival of Rusalka with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra). In summer 2020, he will also return to The Glyndebourne Festival to conduct The Rake’s Progress.

His relationships with leading vocal and instrumental soloists have included collaborations in recent seasons with Behzod Abduraimov, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Emanuel Ax, Lisa Batiashvili, Joshua Bell, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Rudolf Buchbinder, Renaud Capuçon, Isabelle Faust, Bernarda Fink, Martin Fröst, Julia Fischer, Vilde Frang, Sol Gabetta, Véronique Gens, Christian Gerhaher, Kirill Gerstein, Vadim Gluzman, Karen Gomyo, Augustin Hadelich, Hilary Hahn, Barbara Hannigan, Alina Ibragimova, Janine Jansen, Karita Mattila, Leonidas Kavakos, Sergey Khachatryan, Denis Kozhukhin, Lang Lang, Igor Levit, Jan Lisiecki, Albrecht Mayer, Johannes Moser, Viktoria Mullova, Anne Sofie Mutter, Kristine Opolais, Stephanie d’Oustrac, Emmanuel Pahud, Olga Peretyatko, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Josef Špaček, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Daniil Trifonov, Simon Trpčeski, Mitsuko Uchida, Klaus Florian Vogt, Yuja Wang, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Nikolaj Znaider.

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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’]”


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“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”


“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’]”


“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.”


“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”


“[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