Maestro swoop: Czech collects fourth mate

Maestro swoop: Czech collects fourth mate


norman lebrecht

July 06, 2021

The Czech maestro Jakub Hrusa, Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, has just added another job to his portfolio.

He is already principal guest conductor with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic in Prague.

From September, he will hold that title also with Santa Cecilia in Rome, where Antonio Pappano is preparing his departure. Hrusa will open his Rome account with Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony.


  • John Kelly says:

    Good new post. I’ve heard him twice in NY with the NYPO. Really impressive conductor with a strong future.

  • Henry williams says:

    He must wake up in a different hotel every day
    So many different orchestras.

    • mary says:

      Oh, I wouldn’t mind waking up alternately in Bamberg, Prague, London, Rome, every morning …

      especially if it’s next to him, ha ha

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    I’m not sure he’s ever guest conducted in S.F. – closer to where I currently am – but I hear good things about Hrusa.

  • V.Lind says:

    This guy is the real deal. went to hear him conduct the Haydn Trumpet concerto once, and it was transporting.

  • SMH says:

    If one desires more diversity on the podium here’s good place to start. How many positions can one man effectively hold? How many titles does one need? It’s ridiculous.

    • Musician says:

      There is nothing wrong about it. He is a very good conductor and it shows indeed, that many orchestras like to collaborate with him. It’s not about titles, it’s about doing a good job, and IMHO he does. So why not.

  • Alexander Hall says:

    Hrusa stopped being the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Joint Principal Guest Conductor after the other Joint Principal Guest Conductor (Rouvali) was announced as the successor to Salonen. Cause and effect? At any rate, Hrusa’s not down to conduct any concerts with the Philharmonia during the first part of the 2021-2022 season. It’s the Philharmonia’s loss in not holding on to one of the few younger conductors who nurtures a true Central European string sound.

  • K says:

    He’s magnificent, and a wonderful person to boot. Orchestras love him to bits.

    • John Kelly says:

      Yes, even two “more tenured” New York Phil players told me “we like him.” That’s a rave review.

  • BigSir says:

    Maybe he can add Baltimore SO to his list.

  • Paul Carlile says:

    Excellent choice! He’s a wonderful conductor, i’d travel far to hear him; made the staid old BBC SO bounce like Czechs(!) in a fantastically unorthodox programme, plus: marvellous Mahler2, stunning Shostakovich….. He lives the music and the musicians like him lots. Rome will be fortunate to add a Central European accent to their music making.