Juraj Valčuha is Music Director of Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and First Guest Conductor of the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin. He was Chief Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI from 2009 to 2016. With the RAI Orchestra he toured throughout Europe, and performed at the Abu Dhabi Classics series, Musikverein in Vienna, and Philharmonie in Berlin.
Mr. Valčuha studied composition and conducting in Bratislava, Saint Petersburg with Ilya Musin, and in Paris. In 2005 he made his debut with Orchestre National de France. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut as a Shenson Young Artist in May 2013 and has returned several times since, most recently in May 2018 when he led a program of works by Andrew Norman, Brahms, and Prokofiev.
Highlights of the 2018-19 season include productions of Wagner’s Die Walküre in Naples and R. Strauss’s Salome in Bologna; concerts with the New York Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Dallas Symphony; and a tour of the Baltic countries with the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin.
In recent seasons his North American appearances include his debuts with the Chicago Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra, and engagements leading the orchestras of Detroit, Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Toronto. European engagements include performances with the Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie, RAI Orchestra, and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra. At Teatro di San Carlo in Naples he has conducted productions of Elektra, Carmen, The Girl of the Golden West, Bluebeard’s Castle, Tosca, and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. Other recent opera engagements include conducting Faust in Florence and Peter Grimes in Bologna.
Mr. Valčuha has also led the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Florence, and Filarmonica della Scala Milan in Europe, and the orchestras of Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and Washington DC in North America.