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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.

In 2016-17 and 2017-18 he returned to the New York Philharmonic in New York and at Bravo!Vail Festival as well as to the Minnesota, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Detroit, Cincinnati and Montreal orchestras. He also had his début with the Chicago Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra. In Europe he joined the Orchestre de Paris, the Munich and Czech Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, Swedish Radio and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, as well as the Turin's Rai Orchestra and the Rome's Accademia di Santa Cecilia.

On the opera stage, he recently conducted Prokofiev's The Love for three oranges and Faust in Florence, Jenufa and Peter Grimes in Bologna as well as Elektra, Carmen, Tosca, Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle, Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West and Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli.

Highlights of Juraj Valcuha's 2018-19 season include a return engagement with the New York Philharmonic, productions of Janacek's Katja Kabanova and Wagner's Die Walküre in Naples'Teatro San Carlo, Salomé in Bologna, concerts with the BBC, Vienna, Montréal, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Dallas symphony orchestras and a tour of the Baltic countries with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

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