Juraj Valčuha was recently appointed Music Director of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. He served as Chief Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Torino from 2009 to 2016. He studied composition and conducting in Bratislava, with Ilya Musin in Saint Petersburg, and in Paris. In 2005 he made his debut with Orchestre National de France and in subsequent seasons he regularly conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Munich and Rotterdam philharmonics, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra, and Staatskapelle Dresden. Early debuts in the US included the Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and National Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Valčuha continued to expand his international commitments and from 2011 to 2013 he made debuts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonic, the Cincinnati and Boston symphonies, New York Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome. With the RAI Orchestra he made tours to the Musikverein in Vienna, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, and in the Abu Dhabi Classics series. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut, as a Shenson Young Artist, in May 2013.
Highlights of previous seasons include return engagements with the Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and National symphonies, the WDR Symphony, NDR Hamburg Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as debuts with the Saint Louis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin. He also conducted Madama Butterfly and The Love for Three Oranges at the Maggio Musicale in Florence, Turandot at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and Jenůfa at Teatro Comunale Bologna.
The 2015-16 season marked his return to the New York Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony in the US and in Europe he joined the Munich and Czech philharmonics, Swedish Radio Orchestra, NDR Hamburg Symphony, Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, Maggio Musicale in Florence, toured with the Bamberg Symphony and led Wagner’s Parsifal at Budapest Opera.
Highlights of the 2016-17 season include his debut with the Chicago Symphony, and return engagements to the orchestras of Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Montreal, and Minnesota. In Europe, he leads the Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre National de France, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and NDR Symphony in Germany, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Florence, and at the Bratislava Festival. Opera appearances this season include Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame in Florence, R. Strauss’s Elektra in Naples, and Britten’s Peter Grimes in Bologna.