Born in the Czech Republic, Jakub Hrůša is Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, Permanent Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and he served as music director and chief conductor of PKF–Prague Philharmonia from 2009 to 2015. This season, he serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut at these performances.
Recent highlights include Bohemian Legends and The Mighty Five—two series specially devised for the Philharmonia Orchestra; a two-week focus on Martinů and Roussel for Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; and performances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Last season, he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Filarmonica della Scala.
As a conductor of opera, Mr. Hrůša has been a regular guest with Glyndebourne Festival, conducting The Cunning Little Vixen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carmen, The Turn of the Screw, Don Giovanni, and La Bohème. He served as music director of Glyndebourne on Tour for three years. He has also led productions for Vienna State Opera (a new production of The Makropulos Case), Opéra National de Paris (Rusalka), Frankfurt Opera (Il trittico), Finnish National Opera (Jenůfa), Royal Danish Opera (Boris Godunov), and Prague National Theatre (The Cunning Little Vixen and Rusalka).
As a recording artist, Mr. Hrůša has released six discs for Supraphon, including a live recording of Smetana’s Má Vlast from the Prague Spring Festival. He has made live recordings of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, R. Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, and Suk’s Asrael Symphony for Octavia Records. Other recordings include the Tchaikovsky and Bruch violin concertos with Nicola Benedetti and the Czech Philharmonic (Universal), and a series of three discs with PKF-Prague Philharmonia for Pentatone, including orchestral works by Dvořák, and cello concertos with Johannes Moser. He soon embarks on a new partnership with the Tudor label and the Bamberg Symphony. His latest disc, Smetana’s Má Vlast with the Symphony, was released in 2016, coinciding with the start of his tenure as Chief Conductor of that ensemble.
Mr. Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he now lives with his wife and two children. He is currently President of the International Martinů Circle. In 2015 he was the inaugural recipient of the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize.