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Jakub Hrusa

  • Conductor


Jakub Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where his teachers included Jiří Bĕlohlávek. Since his graduation in 2004, he has built a strong reputation in his home country - conducting all the major Czech orchestras and appearing regularly at the Prague National Theatre – and internationally.

In recent seasons Jakub Hrůša has made debuts with many of Europe’s leading orchestras, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, SWR Symphony Stuttgart, WDR Symphony Cologne, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Finnish Radio Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Strasbourg Philharmonic, and the Verdi Orchestra Milan. He is also a regular visitor to Asia and has appeared with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. 2008/9 saw his American debut with the Milwaukee and Indianapolis Symphonies, followed by his debut with Washington National Symphony in 2009/10. In 2009 he made his Australian debut conducting the West Australia Symphony Orchestra. In the field of opera, Hrůša has conductedCarmen and Don Giovannifor Glyndebourne Festival, Carmen for Glyndebourne on Tour, a new production ofRusalkafor Prague National Theatre, andWertherfor Opera Hong Kong.

Highlights in 2010/11 include debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra, NDR Symphony Hamburg, Melbourne Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and the Residentie Orchestra; The Turn of the Screw for Glyndebourne Festival, a new production of Boris Godunov for Royal Danish Opera, and Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne on Tour; his first concerts as Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; the release (on the Supraphon label) of a live recording of Má Vlast with the Prague Philharmonia taken from the opening concert of the 2010 Prague Spring Festival; and (for Universal) a disc of the Tchaikovsky and Bruch violin concertos recorded with Nicola Benedetti and the Czech Philharmonic. In addition he continues a busy schedule of subscription concerts, tours and recordings with the Prague Philharmonia.