It has just been announced that Jakub Hrůša and the Bamberg Symphony will be one of the resident ensembles at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival. Their residency, consisting of four concerts at the Usher Hall, begins on the on the 06 August 2024 with Bruckner’s Symphonic Prelude, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison, and Rott’s Symphony No 1. Hrůša and the Bamberg Symphony’s recent recording of works by Rott, Bruckner and Mahler won Hrůša the 2023 Opus Klassik Conductor of the Year Award.

On the 07 August 2024 at 2PM, Hrůša and the Bamberg Symphony join narrator Gerard McBurney and guest artists including actors and a gospel singer for a special Beyond The Score ® exploration of Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, ‘From the New World’. In the evening, Hrůša conducts Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony and Brahms’ Double Concerto with violinist Isabelle Faust and cellist Sol Gabetta.

For their final International Festival concert on the 09 August 2024, Hrůša leads the Bamberg Symphony and Edinburgh Festival Chorus in Dvořák’s late masterpiece Te Deum with Josef Suk’s most ambitious orchestral work, Asrael.

Founded in 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival was the inspired idea of Rudolf Bing, a cultural pioneer and Jewish refugee of the Nazi regime. The Festival welcomes the world to Edinburgh to experience their hand-picked programme of the finest performers in dance opera, music and theatre. Through their artistry, the Festival creates space for reflection and reconciliation, debate and celebration, bringing people of different cultures and viewpoints together.

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