Czech out these two contenders

Czech out these two contenders


norman lebrecht

September 13, 2017

Jakob Hrusa and Tomas Netopil are local favourites to succeed the late Jiri Belohlavek as music director of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

They met last night in Prague for the first time in years.



  • Alexander says:

    I’d rather wait until they will be czeched in 😉

  • Olassus says:

    Tomáš Hanus is a better musician.

  • Bogda says:

    hopefully none of them gets the job. Especially overrated and inexperienced Hrusa.

  • MacroV says:

    I don’t think Netopil has the international reputation the Czech Philharmonic can probably demand. Hrusa seems like the leading candidate NEXT time. But that’s just my instinct; I have no idea.

  • Sue says:

    Jiri is so very very much missed!!!

  • Musician says:

    Hrusa inexperienced? Look at his discography and read to know how long he is already conducting! Relative unknown for many, maybe yes, but he is doing a great job here in Europe, specially with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.

    • Bogda says:

      But Bamberg is in a different league than Czech Phil. And to be honest regardless of discography he is still very young and inexperienced conductor. He should try to focus and develop himself slowly over years not to become one of many overhyped young conductors who fizzled out very gefast.

  • Saxon Broken says:

    Hrusa seems to be the right age, and is well-known in Prague and elsewhere, to be a very strong candidate.