The start of the 2017/2018 season has seen Vladimir Jurowski becoming Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. This means that one of the most sought-after conductors of our times, internationally, has returned to his chosen home in Berlin – but without abandoning his current engagements in London, Moscow, New York, Amsterdam, Salzburg or Munich. Born in Moscow, Vladimir Jurowski began his musical training at Moscow conservatoire. In 1990 he moved with his family to Germany, where he completed his studies at music colleges in Dresden and Berlin. In 1996 he made his international debut at Wexford Festival with Rimsky-Korsakov's “May Night” and in the same year at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with “Nabucco”. Subsequently, he held positions incl. Principal Director of Music at the Komische Oper Berlin (1997–2001) and Musical Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001–2013). In 2003 Vladimir Jurowski was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of London Philharmonic Orchestra and has been its Principal Conductor since 2007. In addition, he is the Musical Director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Yevgeny Svetlanov” in the Russian Federation. Now he is taking over his third orchestra in Berlin, without specifically intending to “amass offices”. In fact, he likes the idea of being able to work in the city where his family are living.
He decided in favour of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin because he has known and appreciated its work since his student days. “I always had the feeling that it was an orchestra I could get along with well. Now we are searching for a shared language.”

Vladimir Jurowski

Stages in an international career

Vladimir Jurowski is a much sought-after guest conductor all over the world. He directs concerts by the most important orchestras of Europe and North America, including the Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouworchester Amsterdam, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the State Orchestra of Saxony, Dresden, and the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig. He regularly conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra at major festivals such as the BBC Proms, the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, the Musikfest Berlin, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and the Rostropovich Festival in Moscow. Together with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Yevgeny Svetlanov” he has developed a striking individual profile with a strong focus on contemporary repertoire.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has appointed Vladimir Jurowski a “Principal Artist”. He works regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the ensemble unitedberlin. In 2015 he was also appointed Musical Director of the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest. In March 2016 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Royal College of Music in London.

Conductor of Opera

Since 1996 Vladimir Jurowski has also been quite at home on international operatic stages. He made his debut with “Rigoletto” at the Metropolitan Opera New York and has returned there since as a guest with e.g. “Jenůfa”, “Hans and Gretel” and “The Woman without a Shadow”. He has conducted at the Welsh National Opera, the Opera National de Paris, the Scala in Milan, at the Bolshoi Theatre, and the Semper Opera in Dresden. At Glyndebourne Opera Festival he has directed works such as “The Magic Flute”, “Othello”, “Tristan and Isolde” and “Ariadne on Naxos”. In 2015 he returned to the Komische Oper Berlin for a much-feted new production of Schönberg's “Moses and Aron” and made his debut at the Bavarian State Opera with Prokofiev's “The Fiery Angel”. At Salzburg Festival he made his debut in 2017 with Alban Berg's “Wozzeck”, and will also be returning to Glyndebourne Opera for the world premiere of Brett Dean's “Hamlet”.


The first joint CD by Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, dating from 2015, now represents a further milestone: Alfred Schnittke's monumental Symphony No. 3. Together with the label PENTATONE, Vladimir Jurowski has also presented a series of Russian works with the Russian State Orchestra. His range of CDs with the London Philharmonic Orchestra encompasses all Brahms's symphonies, Mahler's First and Second Symphonies, Tchaikovsky's Symphonies Nos. 1, 4, 5, 6 and “Manfred”, and works by Turnage, Holst, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Shostakovich, Zemlinsky, Honegger, Haydn and Rachmaninov. Jurowski's period as musical director of the Glyndebourne Opera was documented with numerous CD and DVD publications, some of them prizewinning. Other DVDs include “Hans 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, all released by Medici Arts.

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