Juraj Valčuha was appointed Music Director of the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples in October 2016. He was chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI from 2009 to 2016. 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.
Mr. Valčuha studied composition and conducting in Bratislava, and Saint Petersburg, with Ilya Musin, and in 2005 he made his debut with the Orchestre National de France. In the following seasons he has led the Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Florence, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, and Filarmonica della Scala Milan. In North America, he has conducted the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Boston, Cincinnati, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC. He has also toured Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra.
His 2017-18 season sees Mr. Valčuha’s returns to the orchestras of Detroit, Houston, Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Toronto, and he also joins the Munich Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg, Orchestra dell ‘Accademia di Santa Cecilia, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI. He also conducts Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Tosca, and gives concerts at the Naples Theatre.
Mr. Valčuha’s opera appearances have included Teatro La Fenice (La bohème); Bavarian State Opera (Madama Butterfly and Le nozze di Figaro); Teatro Comunale di Bologna (La bohème and Jenůfa); Rome Opera, Teatro di San Carlo, Naples and Deutsche Oper Berlin (Turandot); and Maggio Musicale, Florence (Madama Butterfly and The Love for Three Oranges). He recently conducted Parsifal at Budapest Opera.
In the 2016-17 season he made his debut with the Chicago Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra, and led the Pittsburgh, Washington, Montreal, and Minneapolis symphonies. In Europe he returned to the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, NDR Hamburg, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale, and Santa Cecilia Orchestra. Opera engagements included Faust in Florence, Elektra and Carmen at Teatro di San Carlo Napoli, and Peter Grimes at Teatro Comunale Bologna.
Mr. Valčuha made his San Francisco Symphony debut as a Shenson Young Artist in May 2013, and has returned several times since, most recently in July 2017.