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Juraj Valcuha


Slovakian Juraj Val?uha holds the post of Chief Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Turin.

He studied composition, conducting, and cymbalon at the Bratislava Conservatory, and then studied conducting with Ilya Musin for two years in St. Petersburg.   In 1998 he moved to Paris, studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur with Janos Fürst and Jorma Panula.

From 2003 to 2005, Val?uha was assistant music director of the Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier.  During that time he made his debut with the Orchestre National de France (with whom he recorded the Alaleona opera Mirra) and the Orchestre Philha.

In 2005-2006 he conducted the Orchestre National de France, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and he led a widely acclaimed Bohème in Paris, as well as the double-bill Debussy La Chute de la maison Usher and Chapochnikov Le Jardin empoisonné with the Orchestre National de France. The following season he made his Italian debut with La Bohème at the Teatro Comunale Bologna. He also conducted the double-bill of Bartók Bluebeard and Poulenc La Voix humaine at the Opéra de Lyon as well as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo in the New Year concert. 

Since then, he has conducted the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the RAI Orchestra in Turin, the Philharmonia Orchestra at London's Royal Festival Hall, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and the Oslo Philharmonic. He made debuts with the Munich Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Leipzig, and the Swedish Radio Orchestra, and his US debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

As well, he led the Orchestra Verdi in Milano, London's Philharmonia, and conducted a tribute to Toscanini in Parma. He recorded for ARTE tributes to Pfitzner and Richard Strauss with the Saarländischer Rundfunk. Opera debuts included the Bavarian State Opera Munich and the Deutsche Oper Berlin (both with Madama Butterfly).  He led the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice in Venice and an Opera Gala during the first "Abu Dhabi Classics" season. During the summer he made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The current season has included the Munich Philharmonic, his debut with the Staatskapelle Dresden, and return engagements with the Philharmonia, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and Swedish Radio Orchestra. At the Bavarian State Opera he conducts a new production of Donizetti´s  L'elisir d´amore, followed by performances of Le nozze di Figaro, as well as Turandot, at the Stuttgart Opera. He conducted Beethoven Ninth Symphony with the Munich Philharmonic in the New Year Concerts.

Next season he will lead the Orchestre de Paris, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, Houston Symphony, and return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  He will make his debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and will tour Germany with his RAI Orchestra. He will return to Abu Dhabi Classics with Yo-Yo Ma and will participate in the Festival Capitals of Italy at the Teatro alla Scala Milano; the other participating orchestras are Orchestra del Maggio Musicale with Zubin Mehta and Orchestra di Santa Cecilia with Antonio Pappano.

These concerts mark his National Symphony Orchestra debut.
Juraj Valcuha