VLADIMIR JUROWSKI’s brilliant debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in April 1996 in Nabucco was welcomed by enthusiastic acclaim both by public and critics.
Born in Moscow, he completed his early musical studies with his father at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he moved with his family to Germany, where he finished his studies at the Music Academy in Dresden and in Berlin, specializing with Colin Davis, Rolf Reuter, and Semion Skigin.
In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival, where he conducted Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night. The sensational success of that production presented him as one of the most interesting young conductors of our day. He successfully returned to the Wexford Festival in 1996 for Meyerbeer’s L’étoile du nord. He then conducted many performances at the Komische Oper in Berlin, with the Welsh National Orchestra in Cardiff, with the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, and with the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. In 1997 he made successful debuts on the podium of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and at the Echternach Festival with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. During the same year he also had an outstanding success at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, where he conducted Moise et Pharaon, and made his debuts at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (leading the first Italian performance of Hans Werner Henze’s Symphony No. 8).
Since 1998 Vladimir Jurowski has been a guest of some of the most important musical institutions in Italy and abroad, such as the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Edinburgh Festival, Opéra Bastille in Paris, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, the Oslo Philharmonic, Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Bayerischer Rundfunk, and the Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI di Torino. In 1999 he debuted at the Metropolitan Opera with Rigoletto, returning in 2003 to conduct Janácek’s Jenufa. In recent seasons he also made highly successful debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic.
Highlights of his recent/future engagements include new productions of Penderecki’s The Devils of Loudun at the Semperoper in Dresden, Parsifal at the Welsh National Opera, The Queen of Spades at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as Albert Herring, Die Fledermaus, and Die Zauberflöte in Glyndebourne. In the future Vladimir Jurowski will also conduct concerts with the London Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, l’Orchestre National de France, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony.
His discography includes the first-ever recording of the cantata Exil by Giya Kancheli for ECM (1994), L’étoile du nord by Meyerbeer for Naxos-Marco Polo (1996), Werther by Massenet for BMG (1999), and a recording of works by Milhaud, Debussy, and Tomasi for Arte Nova (1999).
In January 2001 Vladimir Jurowski commenced his position as Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and last year was also appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition he has recently been awarded the honor of joining the Conductor Collegium of the Russian National Orchestra.