Conductor Juraj Valčuha is recognized for the effortless expressiveness and the depth of his musicianship. With a sharp baton technique and a natural stage presence, it is the impressive ease of his interpretations that translate even the most complex scores into immersive experiences.
His profound understanding of composer and score, taste, and a naturally elegant style make him one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation.
Since June 2022 Valčuha is Music Director of the Houston Symphony. He is also 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.
2005/2006 marked the start of his international career on the podium of the Orchestre National de France followed by remarkable debuts in the U.K. with the Philharmonia London, in Germany with the Munich Philharmonic, and in the U.S. with the Pittsburgh Symphony. His Italian debut took place at Teatro Comunale in Bologna with a production of La Boheme.
He has since led the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Orchestra dell´Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome and Milan´s Filarmonica della Scala, Montréal Symphony, NHK and Yomiuri orchestras Tokyo.
His active career in the United States took him to the orchestras of Indianapolis, Utah, St.Louis, Cincinnati, Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, Dallas and Los Angeles. He enjoys regular collaborations with the Houston Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony.
International touring with the Orchestra Sinfonica della Rai took them to the Musikverein in Vienna and Philharmonie in Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Zurich, Basel, Munich, to the Enesco Festival in Bucarest and the Abu Dhabi Classics.
He has also toured with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin to Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Baltic nations.
In Europe he was acclaimed on the podium of the Munich Philharmonic, the NDR Hamburg and hr Frankfurt Radio orchestras, the Vienna Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony and Philharmonia London.
Juraj Valčuha champions the compositions of living composers and is aiming to programm contemporary pieces in most of his concerts. With the Pittsburgh Symphony he premiered Christopher Rouses´s “Supplica”. With the BBC Symphony in Manchester he led the first performance of Steven Mackey´s violin concerto with Leila Josefowitz.
In 2005 he conducted, in the presence of the composer Steve Reich´s Four Sections, at the Melos-Ethos Festival in Bratislava. Some other composers he is interested in are Brice Dessner, Steven Stucky, Andrew Dorman, James MacMillan, Luca Francesconi among others.
On the opera stage, he conducted Butterfly, Elisir d´amore and Nozze di Figaro at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Faust in Florence, Jenufa, Peter Grimes, Salomé and Tristan & Isolde in Bologna, Elektra, Carmen, Bluebeard´s Castle, Valkyria, The Girl of the Golden West, Tosca, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Katja Kabanova and Pique Dame at his Teatro San Carlo in Napoli.
Juraj Valčuha was awarded the Premio Abbiati 2018 from Italian Music critics in the category best Conductor.
Born in Bratislava Slovakia, he studied composition and conducting in his birth place, then in St Petersburg (with Ilya Musin) as well as in Paris.
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