Vladimir Jurowski

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Vladimir Jurowski
Владимир Михайлович Юровский
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Born(1972-04-04)4 April 1972

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

Early life[edit]

Born in Moscow, Jurowski began his musical studies at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990, he moved with his family, including his brother Dmitri (conductor) and his sister Maria (pianist) 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.[8] 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 was 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 2014–15 season.[17][18] In September 2014, the LPO announced the further extension of his contract as principal conductor through 2018.[19] Jurowski is also a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He stood down as principal conductor of the LPO at the close of the 2020–2021 season.[20] In August 2021, the Royal Philharmonic Society announced Jurowski as the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal for 2021, on the occasion of his final concert as principal conductor of the LPO.[21]

In Russia, Jurowski is a member of the Russian National Orchestra Conductor Collegium.[8] 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.[22] Jurowski concluded his principal conductorship of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation in 2021.[23]

In September 2015, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Jurowski as its next chief conductor,[24] effective with the 2017–2018 season.[25][26] In April 2019, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra announced the extension of Jurowski's contract as chief conductor through the 2022–2023 season.[27] In June 2021, the orchestra announced a further extension of Jurowski's contract through 31 August 2027.[28]

In March 2018, the Bavarian State Opera announced the appointment of Jurowski as its next Generalmusikdirektor, effective with the 2021–2022 season.[29]

In the United States, Jurowski first conducted at the Metropolitan Opera in December 1999.[30] He made an acclaimed conducting debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in October 2005.[31] He returned in February 2007 to Philadelphia for a second guest conducting engagement which also received critical praise.[32] Jurowski returned to Philadelphia Orchestra for guest-conducting appearances in March 2009,[33] October 2009, March 2010,[34] November 2011, February 2014, and October 2014.[35]

Jurowski and his wife Patricia have two children, Martha and Yuri. The family resides in Berlin.[3][36]

Selected discography[edit]

  • Rachmaninov – The Isle of the Dead, Symphonic Dances. London Philharmonic Orchestra. LPO–0004 (2005).
  • Tchaikovsky – Suite No.3 in G, Op. 55, and StravinskyDivertimento. Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186061 (2005).
  • Tchaikovsky – Manfred Symphony. London Philharmonic Orchestra. LPO–0009 (2006).
  • Shostakovich – Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6. Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186068 (2006).
  • Prokofiev – Symphony No. 5 and Ode to the End of the War. Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186083 (2007).
  • Tchaikovsky – Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186330 (2008).
  • Britten – Double Concerto for Violin and Viola (edited by Colin Matthews), Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Les Illuminations. Sally Matthews (soprano), Pieter Schoeman (violin), Alexander Zemtsov (viola); London Philharmonic Orchestra. LPO–0037 (2009).
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphonies Nos 1 and 6. London Philharmonic Orchestra. LPO–0039 (2009).
  • Brahms – Symphonies Nos 1 and 2. London Philharmonic Orchestra. LPO–0043 (2010).
  • Holst – The Planets. London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. LPO 0047 (2010).
  • Vaughan Williams – The First Nowell, J S Bach – Cantata No. 63 ('Christen, ätzet diesen Tag'), Mendelssohn – 'Vom Himmel hoch'. Lisa Milne (soprano), Ruxandra Donose (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor), Christopher Maltman (baritone); London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. LPO 0050 (2010).
  • Haydn – Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross. Lisa Milne (soprano), Ruxandra Donose (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Kennedy (tenor), Christopher Maltman (baritone); London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. LPO 0051 (2011).
  • Mahler – Symphony No 2. Adriana Kučerová (soprano), Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano); London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. LPO 0054 (2011).
  • Honegger – Pastorale d'été, Symphony No. 4 ('Deliciæ Basiliensis'), Une Cantate de Noël. London Philharmonic Orchestra. LPO–0058 (2011).
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphonies Nos 4 & 5. London Philharmonic Orchestra. LPO–0064 (2012).
  • Mahler – Symphony No 1, with 'Blumine' movement. London Philharmonic Orchestra. LPO–0070 (2013).
  • Brahms – Symphonies Nos 3 & 4. London Philharmonic Orchestra. LPO–0075 (2014).
  • Shostakovich – Symphonies Nos 6 and 14. Tatiana Monogarova, Sergei Leiferkus; London Philharmonic Orchestra. LPO–00805 (2014).
  • Zemlinsky – A Florentine Tragedy, Six Maeterlinck Songs. Heike Wessels (Bianca), Sergey Skorokhodov (Guido Bardi), Albert Dohmen (Simone); Petra Lang (Maeterlinck Songs); London Philharmonic Orchestra. LPO–0078 (2014).
  • Batagov – I FEAR NO MORE. Anton Batagov (Piano), Alexander Korenkov (Vocals), Asya Sorshneva (Violin), Sergei Kalachev (Bass guitar), Vladimir Zharko (Drums), State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation. FANCYMUSIC FANCY062
  • Schnittke – Symphony No 3. Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. PENTATONE PTC 5186485 (2015).
  • Julian Anderson – In lieblicher Bläue, Alleluia, The Stations of the Sun. Carolin Widmann (violin), London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra. LPO–0085 (2016).
  • Rachmaninov – Symphony No. 3, 10 Songs (arr. V.M. Jurowski). Vsevolod Grivnov (tenor), London Philharmonic Orchestra. LPO–0088 (2016).
  • Stravinsky – Petrushka (1911 version), Symphonies of Wind Instruments (original 1920 version), Orpheus. London Philharmonic Orchestra. LPO–0091 (2016).
  • Richard Strauss – Also sprach Zarathustra / Gustav Mahler – Totenfeier. Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. PENTATONE PTC 5186597 (2017).
  • Britten and Hindemith – Violin Concertos. Arabella Steinbacher, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186625 (2017).
  • Prokofiev – Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3. State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia ''Evgeny Svetlanov”. PENTATONE PTC 5186624 (2017).
  • TchaikovskySwan Lake. Vladimir Jurowski, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia. PENTATONE PTC 5186640 (2018).
  • TchaikovskyThe Nutcracker. Vladimir Jurowski, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia ''Evgeny Svetlanov”. PENTATONE PTC 5186761 (2019)
  • MahlerDas Lied von der Erde. Vladimir Jurowski, Sarah Connolly, Robert Dean Smith, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. PENTATONE PTC 5186760.
  • Beethoven – Symphonies No. 4 and 7, Coriolan Overture, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, IdealeAudience DVD 3079298 (2010).


  1. ^ Tim Ashley and Caroline Sullivan (17 May 2002). "A tale of two festivals". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 September 2007.
  2. ^ Edward Seckerson (27 September 2007). "Vladimir Jurowski: Taking up the baton". The Independent. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b Fiona Maddocks (26 November 2008). "Vlad the impaler". Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 14 January 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Conductor Vladimir Jurowski leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic" (Press release). Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. 5 November 2005. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2007.
  5. ^ Ivan Hewett (10 August 2006). "Grace and fervour of a riveting podium performer". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 September 2007.
  6. ^ Erica Jeal (8 December 2004). "Man on a mission". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2007.
  7. ^ Matthew Rye (17 December 2001). "Last-minute stand-in makes an electrifying debut". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 24 December 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2007.
  8. ^ a b 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. Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  12. ^ Maeve Kennedy (1 July 2001). "Glyndebourne baton handed to Robin Ticciati". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  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 (29 April 2005). "Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead; Symphonic Dances: London Philharmonic/Jurowski". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2007.
  16. ^ Charlotte Higgins (26 April 2007). "Orchestras urge free concerts for children". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 May 2007.
  17. ^ "London Philharmonic Orchestra extends contracts with Vladimir Jurowski and Yannick Nézet-Séguin" (Press release). London Philharmonic Orchestra. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  18. ^ Fiona Maddocks (4 July 2010). "Vladimir Jurowski: 'The carnival aspect is far more important than issues of class'". The Observer. Retrieved 11 February 2007.
  19. ^ "London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski extend partnership" (Press release). London Philharmonic Orchestra. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  20. ^ "Vladimir Jurowski Appointed Generalmusikdirektor of the Bayerische Staatsoper from September 2021" (Press release). IMG Artists. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Vladimir Jurowski receives RPS Gold Medal" (Press release). Royal Philharmonic Society. 12 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  22. ^ "Vladimir Jurowski to be Artistic Director of State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia" (Press release). IMG Artists. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  23. ^ "Vasily Petrenko will become the Artistic Director of the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra" (Press release). State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation. 14 January 2021. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  24. ^ Peter Uehling (22 September 2015). "Vladimir Jurowski wird RSB-Chefdirigent". Berliner Zeitung. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  25. ^ "Vladimir Jurowski wird RSB-Chefdirigent" (Press release). Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. October 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  26. ^ Volker Blech (9 October 2015). "Feuerkopf und Charmeur". Berliner Morgenpost. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  27. ^ Ulrich Amling (2 April 2019). "Vladimir Jurowski verlängert beim RSB – Spiel ohne Grenzen". Der Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  28. ^ "Vladimir Jurowski verlängert seinen Vertrag bis 2027" (PDF) (Press release). Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. 23 June 2021. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  29. ^ Michael Cooper (6 March 2018). "An Opera Powerhouse, Munich, Picks Its Next Leaders". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  30. ^ Anthony Tommasini (27 December 1999). "Fans Have A Singer To Argue About". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  31. ^ Peter Dobrin, "Orchestral chemistry". The Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 October 2005.
  32. ^ Peter Dobrin, "Guest conductor proves his stellar debut was no accident". The Philadelphia Inquirer, 3 February 2007.
  33. ^ David Patrick Stearns, "Russian and Then Some". The Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 March 2009.
  34. ^ David Patrick Stearns, "Jurowski shows what he can do with Beethoven 3d: A lot". The Philadelphia Inquirer, 20 March 2010.
  35. ^ Peter Dobrin (25 October 2014). "Jurowski gets 3 orchestras from one". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  36. ^ Tom Service (2 December 2006). "Sound and vision". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 September 2007.

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Preceded by Music Director, Glyndebourne Opera
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Preceded by Principal Conductor, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation
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Preceded by Generalmusikdirektor, Bavarian State Opera
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