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Jiri Belohlavek

  • Conductor


The renowned Czech maestro Jiri Belohlavek took up the position of Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in July 2006. He was Chief Conductor of the Prague Symphony (1977-89) and Music Director of the Czech Philharmonic (1990-1992), with whom he has recorded extensively for Chandos Records. He founded, and is now Music Director Laureate, of the Prague Philharmonia and has undertaken many tours with this ensemble, including a televised appearance at the Proms in 2004.

He appears regularly with major orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Vienna Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic and NHK (Tokyo) Symphony. In North America, he conducts the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Montreal, and Minnesota. In his homeland, Jiří Bĕlohlávek was appointed Chairman of the Prague Spring Festival in 2006.