Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor Emeritus
One of today's most sought-after and dynamic conductors, acclaimed worldwide for his incisive musicianship and adventurous artistic commitment.
'Jurowski’s force of musical personality has consistently carried audiences, and by all accounts musicians, with him.'The Spectator, Aug 2021
Vladimir Jurowski became the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Conductor Emeritus in September 2021, following 14 years as Principal Conductor during which his creative energy and artistic rigour were central to the Orchestra’s success. His partnership with the LPO began in 2003 when he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor, subsequently becoming Principal Conductor in 2007.
At the BBC Proms concert on 12 August 2021 – his final official concert as LPO Principal Conductor – Vladimir received the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, one of the highest international honours in music. He was presented with the award on stage by RPS Chairman John Gilhooly, who said: 'You have brought revelatory energy to the UK stage ... with your sterling companions of the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Conductor. You have revolutionised what that term means, investing limitless invention in every step of the creative journey. As we are witnessing tonight, you are a world-class musical storyteller, conjuring drama and magic with your orchestral colleagues.’
In September 2021 Vladimir took up the position of Music Director at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. In 2017 he became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. He also holds the titles of Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Artistic Director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra. He has previously held the positions of First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper, Berlin (1997–2001); Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2000–03); Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra (2005–09); and Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001–13).
'Jurowski’s performances with the LPO these days really are unmissable.'The Times, Mar 2015
He is a regular guest with many leading orchestras in both Europe and North America, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome; the New York Philharmonic; The Philadelphia Orchestra; The Cleveland Orchestra; the Boston, San Francisco and Chicago symphony orchestras; and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
'Ten years of Vladimir Jurowski in London have brought a non-stop journey of discovery. As the London Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates his decade as music director, it can look back on a period of unrivalled adventure, taking audiences to places other orchestras never reach.'Financial Times, Nov 2017
Jurowski made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in 1999 with Rigoletto, and has since returned for Jenůfa, The Queen of Spades, Hansel and Gretel and Die Frau ohne Schatten. He has conducted Parsifal and Wozzeck at Welsh National Opera; War and Peace at the Opera National de Paris; Eugene Onegin at Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Ruslan and Ludmila at the Bolshoi Theatre; and Iolanta and Die Teufel von Loudon at the Dresden Semperoper, as well as numerous operas at Glyndebourne Festival Opera including The Magic Flute, La Cenerentola, Otello, Macbeth, Falstaff, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Don Giovanni, The Rake’s Progress, The Cunning Little Vixen, Ariadne auf Naxos and Peter Eötvös’s Love and Other Demons. He returned to Glyndebourne in 2017 to conduct the world premiere production of Brett Dean's Hamlet. The Glyndebourne production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, led by Vladimir Jurowski with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne Chorus, won the 2015 BBC Music Magazine Opera Award.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has released a wide selection of Vladimir Jurowski's live recordings with the Orchestra on its LPO Label, including Brahms's complete symphonies; Mahler's Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2; Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3 and Symphonic Dances; Tchaikovsky's Symphonies 1, 4, 5, 6 and Manfred; Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, and works by Turnage, Anderson, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, Zemlinsky, Holst, Britten, Shostakovich, Honegger and Haydn.
Autumn 2017 saw the release of a seven-disc set of Tchaikovsky’s complete symphonies under Jurowski, and a special anniversary seven-disc set of his previously unreleased recordings with the LPO spanning the symphonic, choral and contemporary genres.
Jurowski's discography also includes the first ever recording of the cantata Exil by Giya Kancheli for ECM; Meyerbeer's L'etoile du Nord for Marco Polo; Massenet's Werther for BMG; and a series of records for PentaTone with the Russian National Orchestra. His tenure as Music Director at Glyndebourne has been documented in a CD release of Prokofiev's Betrothal in a Monastery, and DVD releases of his performances of La Cenerentola, Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Rachmaninoff's The Miserly Knight. Other DVD releases include Hansel and Gretel from the Metropolitan Opera New York; his first concert as the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Principal Conductor featuring works by Wagner, Berg and Mahler; and DVDs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7) and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Strauss and Ravel), all released by Medici Arts.