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Juraj Valcuha

Juraj Valcuha is Music Director of the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples and First Guest Conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. He was Chief Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai from 2009 to 2016.

He studied composition and conducting in Bratislava, St Petersburg (with Ilya Musin) and Paris where he made his debut with the Orchestre National de France in 2005. He has since led the Philharmonia, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra dell´Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome and Milan´s Filarmonica della Scala. In North America Juraj Valcuha has led the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Pittsburgh, Boston, San Francisco, Cincinnati, National, Minnesota, Cleveland and Montreal symphony orchestras. Touring with Orchestra della Rai took them to the Abu Dhabi Classics, Cologne, Zurich, Munich, Musikverein in Vienna and Philharmonie in Berlin.

From 2017 to 2019, he made debuts with the Chicago Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra and return engagements with the New York Philharmonic in New York and at Bravo!Vail Festival. He joined the Minnesota, Montréal, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cincinnati and Dallas symphony orchestras. In Europe he was acclaimed on the podium of the Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, the BBC Symphony and Philharmonia London. With the Konzerthausorchester Berlin they made a tour to Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Baltic nations.

On the opera stage, he recently conducted Faust in Florence, Jenufa, Peter Grimes and Salomé in Bologna, Elektra, Carmen, Bluebeard´s Castle, Valkyria, The Girl of the Golden West, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Katja Kabanova at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli.

In the current season he conducts opera productions of Tristan and Isolde at Teatro Comunale Bologna, Turandot at the Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence, Pique Dame and The Love for three oranges in Naples, as well as concerts with the Konzerthaus Orchester in Berlin and on tour, Filarmonica della Scala Milano, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Rome, NDR Hamburg, Radio Francfort, Philharmonia London, Detroit and Minnesota Orchestra.

Juraj Valcuha is the recipient of the Premio Abbiati 2018 in the category Best Conductor.

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