Jakub Hrůša

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Jakub Hrůša

Jakub Hrůša (born 23 July 1981 in Brno), is a Czech conductor. He is the son of the architect Petr Hrůša.

Hrůša studied piano and trombone, and developed an interest in conducting, during his gymnasium years in Brno. Later he studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where his teachers included Jiří Bělohlávek, Radomil Eliška and Leoš Svárovský.[1] In 2000 he participated in the Prague Spring International Music Festival conducting competition. In 2003, he was a prizewinner in the Lovro von Matačić international conducting competition in Zagreb, Croatia.[1] At his 2004 graduation concert in the Rudolfinum, he conducted Josef Suk's Asrael Symphony with the Prague Radio Symphony. He has researched for a dissertation the work of contemporary Czech composers. Hrůša continues to count Bělohlávek as a mentor.[2]

From 2002 to 2005, Hrůša was Associate Conductor with the Czech Philharmonic. In 2005-2006, he was an associate conductor with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In April 2006, he signed a six-CD recording contract with Supraphon, where the first three CDs were with the Prague Philharmonia.[3] [4]

From 2005 to 2008, Hrůša was principal guest conductor of the Prague Philharmonia. He was the orchestra's chief conductor from 2008 to 2015. From 2005 to 2006, he was the Chief Conductor of the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic in Zlín.[1] He became principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra as of the 2015-2016 season.

In February 2009, Hrůša was named the music director of Glyndebourne on Tour, effective January 2010.[5] In September 2011, he was named the next music director of the Royal Danish Opera and of the Royal Danish Orchestra, effective September 2013.[6] However, in January 2012, in the wake of the resignation of Keith Warner from the artistic directorship of the Royal Danish Opera following proposed budget cuts, Hrůša announced that he would not take the music directorship of Royal Danish Opera, in solidarity with Warner's action.[7] In September 2015, after 5 appearances as a guest conductor, Hrůša was named the next chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, effective from the 2016-2017 season, with an initial contract.[8][9] In March 2017. the Philharmonia Orchestra announced the appointment of Hrůša as one of its two new principal guest conductors, effective with the 2017-2018 season.[10]

Hrůša and his wife Klára Hrůšová have two children.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Dvořák - Czech Suite, Valčíky, Polonéza. Prague Philharmonia. Supraphon SU 3867-2 (2006).
  • Dvořák - Suite in A, op 98b; Josef Suk - Serenade for Strings, Fantastic Scherzo. Prague Philharmonia. Supraphon SU 3882-2 (2006).
  • Dvořák - Serenade for Strings, Serenade for Winds, Meditations on the St Wenceslas Chorale. Prague Philharmonia. Supraphon SU 3932-2 (2008).
  • Leoš Janáček - Lachian Dances, The Cunning Little Vixen Suite (František Jílek version), Taras Bulba. Brno Philharmonic. Supraphon SU 3923-2 (2009).
  • Bohuslav Martinů, Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Viteszlav Novak - Cello Concertos. Jiří Bárta, Prague Philharmonia. Supraphon SU 3989-2 (2009).
  • Bedřich Smetana - Ma Vlast. Prague Philharmonia. Supraphon SU 4032-2 (2010).
  • Dvořák - Slavonic Rhapsodies & Symphonic Variations. Prague Philharmonia. PENTATONE PTC 5186554 (2016)
  • Dvořák - Overtures. Prague Philharmonia. PENTATONE PTC 5186532. (2016)
  • Dvořák & Lalo - Cello Concertos. Johannes Moser, Prague Philharmonia. PENTATONE PTC 5186488 (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dvořák: Suite in A, Suk: Serenade, Scherzo Fantastique (Prague Philharmonia, cond. Jakub Hrůša) (CD). Prague: Supraphon. 2006. pp. 6–7. SU 3867. 
  2. ^ Vladimír Čech (2008-07-03). "Nový šéfdirigent Pražské komorní filharmonie: Nejsem revolucionář". Kultura.iHNed.cz. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  3. ^ Matthew Rye (2006-04-29). "Classical CDs of the week: Beethoven, Gossec and more". Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  4. ^ Andrew Clements (2008-02-29). "Dvořák: Serenade for Strings; Serenade for Wind, etc, Prague Philharmonia/ Hrusa". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  5. ^ "Jakub Hrůša Appointed as Music Director for Glyndebourne on Tour" (Press release). Glyndebourne on Tour. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  6. ^ Mia Kjeldset (2011-09-30). "Stjernefrø skal svinge kongelig dirigentstok". Danish Radio (DR), PR 4 København. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  7. ^ Torben Benner (2012-01-24). "Medarbejdere på Operaen er i chok efter chefs smækken med døren". Politiken. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  8. ^ "Neuer Chefdirigent der Bamberger Symphoniker: Jakub Hrusa". Nordbayerische Nachrichten. 2015-09-07. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  9. ^ "Jakub Hrusa wird neuer Chef der Bamberger Symphoniker". Schweriner Volkszeitung. 2015-09-07. Retrieved 2015-09-08. 
  10. ^ "The Philharmonia announces two Principal Guest Conductors: Jakub Hrůša and Santtu-Matias Rouvali" (Press release). Philharmonia Orchestra. 30 March 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Tomáš Koutník
Chief Conductor, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic
2005-2008
Succeeded by
Stanislav Vavřínek
Preceded by
Kaspar Zehnder
Chief Conductor, Prague Philharmonia
2008-2015
Succeeded by
Emmanuel Villaume
Preceded by
Robin Ticciati
Music Director, Glyndebourne on Tour
2010-present
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Jonathan Nott
Chief Conductor, Bamberg Symphony
2016-present
Succeeded by
incumbent