Artists biographies
Jakub Hrůša

In September 2016 Jakub Hrůša assumed musical direction of the Bamberg Symphony. He is the fifth Chief Conductor in the history of the Orchestra. He is also Permanent Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO), and served as Music Director and Chief Conductor of PKF–Prague Philharmonia from 2009 to 2015.  

Jakub Hrůša is a regular guest with many of the world’s greatest orchestras. Recent highlights have included Bohemian Legends and The Mighty Five – two major series specially devised for the Philharmonia Orchestra; a two-week focus on Martinů and Roussel for Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France; and performances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, DSO Berlin, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. In the season 2015/2016, he made his debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Filarmonica della Scala and in October 2016 with the Boston Symphony.

In the season 2016/2017 he conducted the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for the first time and will make his debuts with New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra.

As a conductor of opera, he has been a regular guest with Glyndebourne Festival and serving as Music Director of Glyndebourne On Tour for three years. Elsewhere he has led productions for Vienna State Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Frankfurt Opera, Finnish National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, and Prague National Theatre.

As a recording artist, he will embark on a new partnership in the coming seasons with Tudor and the Bamberg Symphony. Coinciding with the start of his tenure as Chief Conductor, his latest disc, Smetana’s ‘Má vlast’ with Bamberg Symphony, was released in autumn 2016.

Born in the Czech Republic, Jakub Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he now lives with his wife and two children. He is currently President of the International Martinů Circle. In 2015 he was the inaugural recipient of the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize.

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Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017