Vladimir Jurowski

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Vladimir Jurowski in 2011.

Vladimir Mikhailovich Jurowski (Russian: Владимир Михайлович Юровский; born 4 April 1972, Moscow, Russia) is a Russian conductor. He is the son of conductor Mikhail Jurowski, and grandson of Soviet film music composer Vladimir Michailovich Jurowski.

Jurowski began his musical studies at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990, he moved with his family, including his brother Dmitri, to Germany, where he completed his education at the music schools at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. He studied conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin.[1] He participated in a conducting master class with Sir Colin Davis on Sibelius' Symphony No. 7 in 1991.[2][3]

Jurowski first appeared on the international scene in 1995 at the Wexford Festival, where he conducted Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera May Night, and he returned the following year for Giacomo Meyerbeer's L'étoile du nord, which was recorded by Naxos Records. In April 1996, he made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducting Nabucco.[4]

In the 1996/1997 season, Jurowski joined the ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin, as an assistant to Yakov Kreizberg and second Kapellmeister.[5] He received the title first Kapellmeister a year later, and continued to work there full-time until 2001. He was the principal guest conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna between 2000 and 2003.

In August 2000, Jurowski was named the Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and he took on the post in January 2001.[6] His conducting debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) was in December 2001.[7] In 2003, he was appointed the LPO's Principal Guest Conductor and a member of the Russian National Orchestra Conductor Collegium[8] He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra, and a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. With the Russian National Orchestra, Jurowski recorded four discs for Pentatone: works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shotsakovich.

Jurowski was reported to have been offered the music directorship of Welsh National Opera upon the 2004 departure of Carlo Rizzi, but he declined the position.[9] His tenure with Glyndebourne has been highly acclaimed, and Jurowski has spoken of the favourable working conditions at Glyndebourne.[10] Jurowski concluded his Glyndebourne tenure after the 2013 season.[11][12]

In May 2006, Jurowski was announced as the 11th Principal Conductor of the LPO, effective with the 2007/2008 season, with an initial contract of 5 years.[13][14] Several CD recordings of Jurowski conducting the LPO have been released.[15] In April 2007, Jurowski was one of eight conductors of British orchestras to endorse the 10-year classical music outreach manifesto, "Building on Excellence: Orchestras for the 21st Century", to increase the presence of classical music in the UK, including giving free entry to all British schoolchildren to a classical music concert.[16] In May 2007, Jurowski received the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Conductor of the Year. In May 2010, the LPO announced the extension of his principal conductorship through the 2014-2015 season.[17][18] In October 2011, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation announced the appointment of Jurowski as its principal conductor, with immediate effect, for an initial contract of 3 years.[19]

In the USA, Jurowski first conducted at the Metropolitan Opera in December 1999.[20] He made an acclaimed conducting debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in October 2005.[21] He returned in February 2007 to Philadelphia for a second guest conducting engagement which also received critical praise.[22] Jurowski has since become a regular guest conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra, including appearances in March 2009,[23] October 2009, March 2010,[24] November 2011, and February 2014.

Jurowski and his wife Patricia have two children, Martha and Yuri. The family resides in Berlin.[3][25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tim Ashley and Caroline Sullivan (2002-05-17). "A tale of two festivals". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  2. ^ Edward Seckerson (2007-09-27). "Vladimir Jurowski: Taking up the baton". The Independent. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  3. ^ a b Fiona Maddocks (26 November 2008). "Vlad the impaler". Evening Standard. Retrieved 31 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Conductor Vladimir Jurowski leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic" (Press release). Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. 5 November 2005. Retrieved 23 September 2007. 
  5. ^ Ivan Hewett (2006-08-10). "Grace and fervour of a riveting podium performer". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  6. ^ Erica Jeal (8 December 2004). "Man on a mission". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2007. 
  7. ^ Matthew Rye (2001-12-17). "Last-minute stand-in makes an electrifying debut". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  8. ^ Vadim Prokhorov (18 March 2004). "Batons at dawn". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2007. 
  9. ^ Rupert Christiansen (10 February 2004). "Everyone was nervous of change. I wanted change". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 February 2007. 
  10. ^ Richard Morrison, "Napoleon on the podium". The Times, 8 June 2007.
  11. ^ "Robin Ticciati will be Festival Music Director from January 2014" (Press release). Glyndebourne Festival Opera. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  12. ^ Maeve Kennedy (2001-07-01). "Glyndebourne baton handed to Robin Ticciati". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  13. ^ Charlotte Higgins (4 May 2006). "LPO orchestrates its future under Jurowski". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2007. 
  14. ^ "Breaking News: Vladimir Jurowski to Succeed Kurt Masur as Principal Conductor of London Philharmonic Orchestra". Opera News. 4 May 2006. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
  15. ^ Andrew Clements (2005-04-29). "Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead; Symphonic Dances: London Philharmonic/Jurowski". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  16. ^ Charlotte Higgins (2007-04-26). "Orchestras urge free concerts for children". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-05-04. 
  17. ^ "London Philharmonic Orchestra extends contracts with Vladimir Jurowski and Yannick Nézet-Séguin" (Press release). London Philharmonic Orchestra. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  18. ^ Fiona Maddocks (2010-07-04). "Vladimir Jurowski: 'The carnival aspect is far more important than issues of class'". The Observer. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  19. ^ "Vladimir Jurowski to be Artistic Director of State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia" (Press release). IMG Artists. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  20. ^ Anthony Tommasini (1999-12-27). "Fans Have A Singer To Argue About". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  21. ^ Peter Dobrin, "Orchestral chemistry". The Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 October 2005.
  22. ^ Peter Dobrin, "Guest conductor proves his stellar debut was no accident". The Philadelphia Inquirer, 3 February 2007.
  23. ^ David Patrick Stearns, "Russian and Then Some". Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 March 2009.
  24. ^ David Patrick Stearns, "Jurowski shows what he can do with Beethoven 3d: A lot". Philadelphia Inquirer, 20 March 2010.
  25. ^ Tom Service (2006-12-02). "Sound and vision". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Andrew Davis
Music Director, Glyndebourne Opera
2001–2013
Succeeded by
Robin Ticciati
Preceded by
Mark Gorenstein
Principal Conductor, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation
2011–present
Succeeded by
incumbent