Renowned Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek was appointed Music Director and
Artistic Director of the Czech Philharmonic in 2012, following on from his
successful tenure as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, of which he
is now a Conductor Laureate. He was Chief Conductor of the Prague Symphony
Orchestra (1977–89), Music Director of the Prague Philharmonia (1994–2004),
was appointed President of the Prague Spring Festival in 2006. In 2013 he took
on the role of Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic
Orchestra. In opera, he has collaborated with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden,
New York’s Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris,
the Teatro Real, Madrid, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and the National Theatre
in Prague, and in recent seasons he has conducted new productions of Rusalka for
the Vienna State Opera and The Queen of Spades for Zurich Opera.
Under his leadership the Czech Philharmonic has toured Europe and Asia, and will
be heard in the coming seasons in Vienna for a residencies at the Musikverein
and on tour in the music capitals of Europe from Budapest to Paris and London,
across the USA, including at Carnegie Hall, New York and the major cities of
Asia, from Tokyo and Seoul to Taipei and Beijig.
In addition to his ongoing Prague seasons and touring engagements with the Czech
Philharmonic, he continues to perform as a guest conductor with the
world’s major orchestras, with highlights including appearances with the
Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra (including at the
London Proms), Pittsburgh Symphony, Washington National Symphony, and Deutsches
Symphony Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Jiří Bělohlávek has recorded
extensively, with recent projects with the Czech Philharmonic including the
complete symphonies and concertos of Dvořák.
In 2012 he was awarded an honorary CBE for his services to British music.