One of the most interesting conductors on the world’s contemporary opera and concert scene is set to become the new artistic director and principal conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin. Vladimir Jurowski will be taking up office in August 2017. In the 2016/2017 season he can already be seen several times at the lectern of the RSB. Born in 1972 in Moscow, where he also trained at the conservatoire, Vladimir Jurowski came to Germany with his family in 1990 and continued his studies at the colleges of music in Dresden and Berlin. His international debut took place at the Wexford Festival in 1995 with Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “May Night”. In the same year he made his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London with “Nabucco”. From 1997 to 2001 Vladimir Jurowski was principal director of music at the Komische Oper Berlin. After being musical director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera from 2001 to 2013, the acclaimed George Enescu Festival in Bucharest appointed him its new artistic director in 2015. In March 2016 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Music, London.

Vladimir Jurowski

London and Moscow

Since 2007 Vladimir Jurowski has been principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, where he recently conducted Wagner’s “Rheingold”, Mahler’s Seventh and Eighth Symphonies, and the world premiere of Alexander Raskatov’s “Green Mass”. He regularly directs the London Philharmonic Orchestra at major festivals such as the BBC Proms, the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, the Music Festival Berlin, the Music Festival Schleswig-Holstein, and the Rostropovich Festival Moscow. In addition, Vladimir Jurowski is principal artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and artistic director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra. He has developed a striking individual profile with this orchestra, maintaining a firm focus on the contemporary repertoire. A series of concerts with music from the 1930s and 1940s, exploring reflections of the Second World War from all European perspectives, received great international acclaim.

In Worldwide Demand

Vladimir Jurowski is much sought after as a guest conductor all over the world. He conducts all the important orchestras of Europe and North America, including the Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouworchester Amsterdam, the Cleveland and the Philadelphia Orchestras, the Symphony Orchestras of Boston and Chicago, the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich, the Saxon “Staatskapelle” Dresden and the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. He has also been a guest several times at the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin since his years of study in Berlin. He collaborates regularly wih the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the ensemble united berlin.

Opera and Festivals

In 1999 Vladimir Jurowski made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York with “Rigoletto”; since then he has also conducted “Jenůfa”, “Pique Dame”, “Hansel and Gretel” and “The Woman with No Shadow” there, among others. He has directed “Parsifal” and “Wozzeck” at the Welsh National Opera, “War and Peace” at the Opéra National de Paris, “Eugen Onegin” at the Scala in Milan, “Ruslan and Ljudmila” at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, “Iolanthe” and “The Devils of Loudon” at the Semperoper, Dresden, “The Magic Flute”, “Don Giovanni”, “La Cenerentola”, “Othello”, “Macbeth”, “Falstaff”, “Tristan and Isolde”, “The Meistersinger of Nuremberg”, “The Rake’s Progress”, “The Cunning Little Vixen”, “Ariadne on Naxos” and Peter Eötvös’s “Love and Other Demons” at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Current high points in Vladimir Jurowski's work are joint concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Orchestra of the Michailowski Theatre in St. Petersburg, as well as a project with the London Sinfonietta in Moscow to mark the Anglo-Russian Year of Cultural Exchange. He debuted with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at Lucerne Festival, with Prokofiev’s “The Fiery Angel” at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, with “Wozzeck” at the Salzburg Festspiele, after having conducted the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Easter Festival in Salzburg. His first return to Glyndebourne as a guest conductor will be for the world premiere of Brett Dean’s opera “Hamlet”. He also returned to the Komische Oper Berlin in 2015 for a new production of Arnold Schönberg’s “Moses and Aron”.

Sound Recordings

The first joint CD by Vladimir Jurowski and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, dating from 2015, would represent a milestone in any orchestra discography: Alfred Schnittke’s powerful Symphony No. 3. Vladimir Jurowski has also presented a series of Russian works with the Russian National Orchestra in collaboration with the same label, PENTANTONE. His range of CDs with the London Philharmonic Orchestra encompasses all the symphonies of Brahms, Mahler’s First and Second Symphonies, Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 4, 5, 6 and “Manfred”, works by Turnage, Holst, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Julian Anderson, Shostakovich, Zemlinsky, Honegger and Haydn. Jurowski’s time as musical director of the Glyndebourne Opera was documented in numerous CD and DVD releases, some of them prize-winning. Further DVDs include “Hansel and Gretel” from the Metropolitan Opera New York, Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and works by Strauss and Ravel with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

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