Juraj Valčuha has served as Chief Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Torino since 2009. 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, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Orchestre de Paris. In the US he made debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and National Symphony Orchestra.
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, Munich, the Berlin Philharmonie, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Zurich, Basel, and Abu Dhabi. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut as a Shenson Young Artist in May 2013 and returned to lead the Orchestra in October 2014.
The 2014-15 season saw return engagements with the Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and National symphonies, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as debuts with the Saint Louis Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Vienna Symphony, and the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin. He also conducted Janáček´s Jenůfa at Teatro Comunale Bologna.
The current season marks his return to the New York Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony in the US. In Europe he joins the Munich Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, NDR Hamburg Symphony, Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, Maggio Musicale in Florence, and the Budapest Opera, where he conducts Wagner’s Parsifal. In the summer he goes on a US tour with the New York Philharmonic.
Highlights of the 2016-17 season include his debut with the Chicago Symphony, and returns to the orchestras of Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Montreal, and Minnesota, and Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre National de France. He conducts the San Francisco Symphony in March 2017. Upcoming opera appearances include Gounod’s Faust in Florence, R. Strauss’s Elektra in Napoli, and Britten’s Peter Grimes in Bologna.