Born in the Czech Republic and described by Gramophone as “on the verge of greatness”, JAKUB HRŮŠA is Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Prague Philharmonia and Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
He is a regular guest with many of Europe’s leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Finnish Radio Symphony, SWR Symphony Stuttgart, WDR Symphony Cologne and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 he became the youngest conductor since 1949 to lead the opening concert of the Prague Spring Festival.
Jakub Hrůša made his North American debut in 2009, and has since appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra, Washington National Symphony, the Symphony Orchestras of Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Seattle, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. In the same year he made his Australian debut with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, followed by visits to Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras.
He is also a regular visitor to Asia where, in addition to his commitments with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, he led the Prague Philharmonia on a major tour of Japan in 2012. He has also appeared as a guest conductor with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic and Osaka Philharmonic.
Highlights of the coming season include a major series of concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra devoted to the music of Dvořák, Suk and Janáček, which will be presented at the Royal Festival Hall in London and elsewhere in the UK; and debuts with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Finnish National Opera (Jenůfa).
In the field of opera, Jakub Hrůša made his Glyndebourne Festival and Tour debuts in 2008 conducting Carmen, followed by Don Giovanni (Festival and Tour 2010), The Turn of the Screw (Festival 2011), La bohème (Tour 2011) and Rusalka (Tour 2012). He has also led productions for Royal Danish Opera (Boris Godunov) and Prague National Theatre (The Cunning Little Vixen; Rusalka).
As a recording artist, he has released six discs for Supraphon including a critically-acclaimed live recording of Smetana’s Má vlast from the Prague Spring Festival in 2010. Other recordings include the Tchaikovsky and Bruch violin concertos with Nicola Benedetti and the Czech Philharmonic for Universal and, more recently, a live recording of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra for Octavia Records in Japan.
Jakub Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where his teachers included Jiří Bělohlávek. He is currently President of the International Martinů Circle.