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Jakub Hrůša, who was born in 1981 in Brno in the Czech Republic, studied conducting with Jiří Bělohlávek at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He began his career in 2005 with the Prague Philharmonia, where he was Chief Conductor from 2008 to 2015. In the opera world, he first came to notice as Music Director of Glyndebourne on Tour, which post he held for three years (from 2010 to 2013). This soon led to invitations to the Vienna Staatsoper (Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair), the Opéra national de Paris (Dvořák’s Rusalka), Frankfurt Opera (Puccini’s Il trittico), and the Royal Opera House in London (Bizet’s Carmen). Since 2016, Hrůša has helmed the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra; after only two years, his contract was extended to 2026. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2018 and is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Czech Philharmonic. Hrůša has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras in recent seasons, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In the 2018-19 season, he made his debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. He is currently recording a four-part Brahms-Dvořák cycle with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Jakub Hrůša is Chairman of the International Martinů Circle and of the Dvořák Society. He was awarded the inaugural Sir Charles Mackerras Prize in 2015.