Born in the Czech Republic and described by Gramophone as ‘on the verge of greatness’, Jakub Hrůša is Chief Conductor of Bamberg Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Permanent Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and served as Music Director and Chief Conductor of PKF-Prague Philharmonia from 2009-2015.
He is a regular guest with many of the world’s greatest orchestras. Recent highlights have included débuts with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Filarmonica della Scala, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, and Chicago Symphony; Bohemian Legends and The Mighty Five – two major series specially devised for the Philharmonia Orchestra; and returns to the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, DSO Berlin, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. The 17/18 season will see his débuts with the San Francisco Symphony and Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a conductor of opera, he has been a regular guest with Glyndebourne Festival, conducting The Cunning Little Vixen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carmen, The Turn of the Screw, Don Giovanni and La bohème, and serving as Music Director of Glyndebourne On Tour for three years. Elsewhere he has led productions for Vienna State Opera (a new production of The Makropulos Case), Opéra National de Paris (Rusalka), Frankfurt Opera (Il trittico), Finnish National Opera (Jenůfa), Royal Danish Opera (Boris Godunov), and Prague National Theatre (The Cunning Little Vixen and Rusalka). This season will see his return to the Opera National de Paris (The Merry Widow), and his début at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Carmen).
As a recording artist, he has released six discs of Czech music for Supraphon. His latest disc is Smetana’s Má vlast with Bamberg Symphony for Tudor. He has also recorded Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie and Suk’s Asrael Symphony with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra for Octavia Records; the Tchaikovsky and Bruch violin concertos with Nicola Benedetti and the Czech Philharmonic (Universal); and three discs for Pentatone with PKF-Prague Philharmonia.
Jakub Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where his teachers included Jiří Bělohlávek, and 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.