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.
The 2014-15 season brings Mr. Valčuha to the Cincinnati, Saint Louis, National, Pittsburgh, and Montreal symphonies, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in North America. European appearances include engagements with the Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra, as well as his debut with the Vienna Symphony and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Mr. Valčuha will lead productions of Puccini’s Turandot at Teatro San Carlo Napoli and Janáček’s Jenůfa at Teatro Comunale Bologna. In November 2014, he will bring the RAI Orchestra on tour to Munich, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Zurich, and Basel. In future seasons he will return to the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, and the Orchestre de Paris.
Highlights of Mr. Valčuha’s 2013-14 season included engagements at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest with the RAI Orchestra, the Bratislava Festival with the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Rome, his debut with the NHK Symphony on a Japan tour, and return appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, WDR Orchestra Cologne, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra, and the Munich Philharmonic. He led productions of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges at the Maggio Musicale in Florence.
In recent seasons, Mr. Valčuha made debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala in Milan, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the National Symphony. With the RAI Orchestra, he visited the Abu Dhabi Classics series with soloist Yo-Yo Ma and appeared on tour at the Musikverein Vienna, the Berlin Philharmonie, and at the first Festival of Radio Orchestras in Bucharest. He also led Puccini’s La Bohème at La Fenice in Venice. Mr. Valčuha made his San Francisco Symphony debut as a Shenson Young Artist in May 2013, leading works of Kodály, Bartók, and Dvořák.