Michail Jurowski

Principal Guest Conductor – Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra
First Guest Conductor – Sinfonia Iuventus

Biography

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.

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Reviews

“…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

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“…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