Tomáš Netopil

General Music Director – Aalto Musik Theater and Philharmonie Essen
Principal Guest Conductor – Czech Philharmonic
Founder and Artistic Director – International Summer Academy in Kroměříž (Czech Republic)


Tomáš Netopil took up the position of General Music Director of the Aalto Theatre and Philharmonie Essen at the start of 2013/14.   In addition to his concert season at the helm of Essen Philharmoniker, his opera productions in 2018/19 include Der Freischutz, Salome, Cosi fan tutte and Rusalka whilst in 2017/18 he conducted Bartered Bride, Salome, Lohengrin, Die Walküre and die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail.

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“Tomas Netopil, who conducts the Czech Philharmonic on its British tour is one of the rising stars of central European musical life. Thoroughly grounded in the music of his native Czech Republic, he is also becoming a regular in the UK and Germany, where his dynamic interpretations are winning a growing army of fans.”

Richard Morrison

The Times

“…in the two works by Dvořák, his Symphonic Variations and the ‘New World’ Ninth Symphony, he (Netopil) showed his mettle in dextrous control of rhythmic discipline and the give-and-take of rubato.”

Rian Evans

The Guardian

“The substantially gifted Tomáš Netopil has the full measure of all four works, balancing the Sinfonietta’s closing build-up so that the reappearance of the fanfare trumpets (the Band of the Castle Guards and Police of the Czech Republic) is allowed to achieve an effective climax rather than hogging the limelight prematurely… Netopil again proves himself an accomplished and perceptive advocate of the music”

Rob Cowan


“Tomas Netopil understands the pace of Asrael and seizes the ample dramatic opportunities with relish. The orchestral detail, particularly from the woodwind, is impressive…there is much to enjoy..”

BBC Music Magazine

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The Arts Desk, Feb 2018

“Netopil created dramatic pauses in the opening statement, and the brass responded in stentorian style. He knows how to highlight a good tune when given the chance, and in this case bathed Dvořák’s themes in pools of limelight, finally whipping up both tension and tempo at the end of the first movement.”

Ilkley Gazette, Feb 2018

“Tomas Netopil soon demonstrated in this programme of music by Dvorak that Belohlavek’s legacy is in secure hands… Netopil’s careful layering of textures and his judging of dynamics revealed the innermost detail – even in the fastest passages.”