Juraj Valčuha has held the post of Principal Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Torino since 2009. Born in 1976 in Bratislava, he studied composition and conducting in his native city, as well as conducting in St. Petersburg with Ilya Musin and in Paris. Mr. Valčuha was assistant conductor of the Orchestre et Opéra de Montpellier from 2003 to 2005. During that time he also made debuts with the Orchestre National de France and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
In recent seasons, Mr. Valčuha has led Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with the Munich Philharmonic, and he has also conducted the Maggio Musicale Orchestra in Florence, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Houston Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He led a production of La Bohème at Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Last season he made debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony. He also made return engagements with the Staatskapelle Dresden, Pittsburgh Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Orchestra dell´Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He toured Europe with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, performing at Vienna’s Musikverein, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Freiburg Concert Hall, and the National Theatre in Bratislava. His operatic appearances include conducting Le nozze di Figaro, L’elisir d’amore, and Madama Butterfly at the Bavarian State Opera; Madama Butterfly and Turandot in Berlin; and Turandot in Stuttgart.
In 2012-13 Mr. Valčuha makes his debut with the New York Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, and at the Ottawa Music Center. This week’s performances mark his San Francisco Symphony debut, made possible with support by The Shenson Young Artist Debut Fund. His upcoming engagements include appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He will also lead Richard Strauss’s Capriccio at Maggio Musicale Florence, Janáček’s Jenůfa in Bologna, and Turandot at the Teatro San Carlo.