Jakub Hrůša appointed as Musical Director for GOT

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Jakub Hrůša appointed as Musical Director for Glyndebourne On Tour – with effect from January 2010.

Glyndebourne today announced the appointment of 27-year-old Czech conductor, Jakub Hrůša, as the next Music Director of Glyndebourne on Tour (GOT). Robin Ticciati, who is the current Music Director for GOT, will relinquish his tenure at the end of 2009 and Jakub Hrůša will take up his new position in January 2010. Jakub Hrůša made his Glyndebourne debut in the 2008 Festival conducting performances of Carmen, which he then conducted for GOT in the autumn. He will conduct the second series of performances of Don Giovanni in the Festival in 2010 and for GOT in the autumn. He will also conduct the revival of The Turn of the Screw in the Festival in 2011.

“We are delighted that Jakub Hrůša has accepted our invitation to become Music Director for Glyndebourne on Tour from 2010. He is undoubtedly a very exciting young conductor and, following his thrilling performances last year at Glyndebourne and on Tour, I very much look forward to his tenure at the helm of GOT. I cannot think of a more appropriate person to lead a company which gives so many opportunities to emerging artists.”

- David Pickard, General Director of Glyndebourne

“From my first moments at Glyndebourne last year as a guest conductor, I have felt very much at home here. In particular I love the spirit of relaxed concentration which comes from the people and the setting, and which to me is ideal for music-making. To be a part of the freshness and youthful energy of Glyndebourne on Tour’s productions is a wonderful experience, and I feel honoured to be invited to lead the company as its Music Director in the coming seasons.”

Jakub Hrůša, Music Director designate of GOT

Jakub Hrůša – Biography

“…Jakub Hrůša’s conducting will have you on the edge of your seat… and the Glyndebourne on Tour Orchestra listens acutely to every heartbeat and pulse of Bizet’s score, conducted throughout with fiery energy and panache by Hrůša…”

- The Times

Born in 1981 in Brno, Czech Republic, he studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Jiří Bělohlávek. Previously Principal Conductor of the Prague Philharmonia, he will take up the post of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the orchestra in September 2009. He has worked as Associate Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic and as Young Associate Conductor with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He made his GFO and GOT debuts last year conducting Carmen and has conducted Werther (Opera Hong Kong); The Cunning Little Vixen, Krapp’s Last Tape (Prague National Theatre). During recent seasons, Jakub Hrůša has made successful debuts with many of the leading orchestras in Europe, including the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, SWR Stuttgart, BBCSO, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, CBSO, RSNO, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the Orchestra of La Monnaie, Brussels. He is also a regular visitor to Asia and has appeared with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

He is signed to Supraphon and his recordings include Dvorák’s Serenade for Strings, Serenade for Winds (with the Prague Philharmonia). Guest engagements this season include Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Verdi Orchestra Milan, BBCSO and Strasbourg Philharmonic and his American debut with the Milwaukee and Indianapolis Symphonies. In May 2009 he will conduct the Prague National Theatre’s new production of Rusalka. In addition he continues a busy schedule of subscription concerts, tours and recordings with the Prague Philharmonia.

About Glyndebourne on Tour: When Glyndebourne on Tour was launched in 1968, it was one of only two touring opera companies in the UK. Its remit was to make Glyndebourne’s repertoire accessible to audiences throughout the country and to give performing opportunities to young and promising artists. GOT has had a remarkable record of launching the careers of new artists, including Thomas Allen, Gerald Finley, Philip Langridge, Felicity Lott, Kate Royal, Christopher Maltman, Amanda Roocroft, John Tomlinson and Willard White, all of whom began their careers with the touring company. Previous incumbents of the role of Music Director of the Tour have included Ivor Bolton, Louis Langrée and Edward Gardner. The current Music Director of the Tour, Robin Ticciati, will continue in post until the end of the Tour in winter 2009.