Young Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša has been appointed next Music Director and Chief Conductor of Glyndebourne on Tour (GOT). Hrůša's collaboration with the GTO will start in January 2010, when he will take the post currently held by Robin Ticciati.
Hrůša, born in 1981, was a pupil at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied under Jiří Bělohlávek. His experience as a conductor is remarkable considering his young age: during the recent seasons he has made acclaimed debuts with, amongst others, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the SWR Stuttgart, the BBCSO and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. He is also active in Asia (Hong Kong Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra) and has various concerts and recording engagements scheduled over the next years. His multiple recordings with Supraphone include Dvořák's Serenade for Strings and Serenade for Winds (with the Prague Philharmonia).
Hrůša's first collaboration with the Glyndebourne artists took place in 2008, when he conducted Bizet's Carmen. Future plans as chief conductor involve performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 2010, both during the Festival and during the autumn GOT season. In addition, he will conduct the revival of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw during the 2011 Festival.
David Pickard, General Director of Glyndebourne, is enthusiastic at the announcement: '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.'
For his part, Hrůša highlights the features that make Glyndebourne a privileged venue for emerging artists: '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.'
Glyndebourne has always represented a stage on which talented musicians could exhibit and develop their talents; artists such as Felicity Lott, John Tomlinson and Williard White began their career just with Glyndebourne’s touring company. In fact, since it was launched in 1968, GTO always matched musical quality with artistic freshness. The appointment of Hrůša to an important post represents the confirmation of this successful trend.
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