Vladimir Jurowski

Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
General Music Director,  Bayerische Staatsoper
Conductor Emeritus, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Honorary Conductor, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (“Evgeny Svetlanov”)

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One of today’s most sought-after conductors, acclaimed worldwide for his incisive musicianship and adventurous artistic commitment, Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow in 1972, and completed the first part of his musical studies at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he relocated with his family to Germany, continuing his studies at the Musikhochschule of Dresden and Berlin, studying conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night, and the same year saw his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Nabucco

Jurowski is General Music Director of Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper since 2021, and Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. In 2021 he stepped down from his highly-acclaimed fifteen year tenure as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, to become their Conductor Emeritus. In addition, he is Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and has held the positions of Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001-2013), Artistic Director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra (2010-2020), Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra (2005-2009) and Artistic Director of the George Enescu International Festival, Bucharest (2017-2021). He also previously held the positions of First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997-2000), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2000-2003). 

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“For the first time, Vladimir Jurowski, General Music Director of the Bayerischer Staatsoper from autumn 2021, is at the podium – and suddenly everything sounds like new. Quite apart from his interpretative concept, it is astonishing how naturally Jurowski moves within the score; as always with his musicians, he guides, controls, conveys security with every gesture. A captivating, almost imperceptibly-heightening dramaturgy can be experienced, a cool fire, but no frosty intensity. This can be understood almost physically by the listener, exemplary in penetration of content and craftsmanship.”

Markus Thiel


“A Mahler Fourth as insightful and as individual as we have come to expect from this source. How rarely we hear the opening bars of the symphony delivered precisely as Mahler instructs […] Texturally, harmonically and in terms of characterisation (never over-egged), Jurowski achieves a wondrous clarity and transparency.”

Edward Seckerson


“I am particularly struck by Jurowski’s phrasing and use of graded dynamics; this is a conductor at his zenith working in harmony with an orchestra which breathes with him. The depth of sonority they achieve is extraordinary – wonderful playing.”

Ralph Moore

MusicWeb International

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“I can’t imagine a better advocate for this music [Silvestrov] than Jurowski. This is very difficult music to play, but the LPO were on peak form playing this music to perfection, and crucially understanding the music’s idiom. Also, it was a delight to watch the total economy and elegance of Jurowski’s gestures, his precise baton technique, absolutely everything for the music, so unlike the very un-musical rostrum antics which have come into fashion in recent years.”

Seen and Heard International


“Vladimir Jurowski’s [Vaughan Williams] Eighth at once restores one’s faith in the art of conducting. He too keeps sonority and expression taut, yet in a way that gives the orchestra time to play. They respond superbly, alighting on the music’s idiom with unerring touch and precision.”

BBC Music Magazine

“Vladimir Jurowski has the knack of sidestepping predictability to bring together works that illuminate and invigorate one another, and this concert was no exception. “

The Times, September 2016

“This Ariadne was Vladimir Jurowski’s final production as Music Director of Glyndebourne, and he does a brilliant job with his chamber orchestra of musicians. […] his tempi are just right and, more importantly, he controls the orchestral sound very successfully. He breeds delicacy and transparency in so much of the score, while releasing wave upon wave of richness in the final ten minutes. His contribution is a triumph.”

Simon Thompson, MusicWeb International, January 2015

“Vladimir Jurowski’s [Vaughan Williams] Eighth at once restores one’s faith in the art of conducting. He too keeps sonority and expression taut, yet in a way that gives the orchestra time to play. They respond superbly, alighting on the music’s idiom with unerring touch and precision.”

BBC Music Magazine, April 2015

“Jurowski and the LPO’s performance was just right; deliberate, massively decisive, yet bracingly light. Throughout they held all the different aspects of the piece – the nostalgia, the swirling, surreal waltzes, the self-mocking sarcasm – in an ideal balance.”

Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph, October 2014

“The guiding spirit clearly is Vladimir Jurowski in his final new production as the festival’s Music Director. The LPO does his bidding from first note to last, offering playing of the utmost sensitivity and accomplishment. Jurowski is, of course, the theatre man par excellence, always connected to every details of the events onstage. He thoroughly understands not just the bustle of the Prologue but also the outpourings of heavenly Straussian lyricism there and later in the opera proper.”

International Record Review, September 2014

“The guest performance in the “Alte Oper Frankfurt”, conducted by the judicious Vladimir Jurowski created a completely new sound world. The music had incredible precision and musical gestures emerged in a wonderfully vivid way.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Kultur, 26th March 2014

“Throughout the performance Jurowski’s commanding appreciation and manipulation of the whole and of the details and minutiae was impressively assured; the merest sign from the baton, clear and precise, was all that the performers required, and confident, communal understanding was unfailingly evident. “

Claire Seymour, Opera Today, October 2013

“The greatest heroes of the occasion, though, are the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Jurowski, whose superb performance makes this Glyndebourne recording [of Tristan und Isolde] an indispensable addition to a Wagnerian’s collection, however large it may be. “

Michael Tanner, BBC Music Magazine, September 2013

“The great strength here is musical fastidiousness. Leading his first Tristan, Vladimir Jurowski has imbued the performance with a special elegance and an unerring sense of proportion. Expressively speaking, absolutely nothing is exaggerated; even in Act 3 Jurowski never lets cumulative dramatic power interfere with his and his colleagues’ command of the score’s essential requirements. Much can be said for a Tristan in which a consistent, unaffected purity of musical approach comes squarely to the force.”

Roger Pines, International Record Review of Glyndebourne “Tristan und Isolde”, September 2013

“The most memorable Boston Symphony Orchestra performance of 2012 came in November, when the Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski, in his BSO debut, led a searing account of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony. His music-making tends to crackle with fresh ideas and intellectual engagement. […] Jurowski’s podium technique prizes concision of gesture and he manages a striking degree of orchestral control through a minimum of motion. […] the musical insights and micro-sculpting of phrases kept the ear perpetually engaged. “

Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe, June 2013

“Vladimir Jurowski conducts magnificently: aside from Mackerras himself, I’ve never heard [The Cunning Little Vixen] conducted with such colour, wit, detail and dramatic urgency; but there is also such tenderness and flexibility […] there’s not a single musical judgement that left me unconvinced.”

Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, May 2013