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Juraj Valčuha

Juraj Valcuha has been chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI since 2009. He studied composition and conducting in Bratislava, St. Petersburg with Ilya Musin, and Paris.

He debuted with Orchestre National de France in 2005. In the following seasons, he led the Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Swedish Radio, Oslo Philharmonic,
Staatskapelle Dresden, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale in Florence, and Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome. He made his U.S. debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony in Washington, D.C.

In 2011-2012, he made his debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and led again the Staatskapelle Dresden, Pittsburgh Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and Orchestra di Santa Cecilia. With his Rai Orchestra, he made a tour primarily to the Musikverein Vienna, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Enescu Festival in Bucarest, and the Abu Dhabi Classics with soloist Yo-Yo Ma. In 2012-2013, he had his debut with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Filarmonica della Scala in Milan and Art Centre Ottawa and led again the NSO Washington, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and Philharmonia.

In 2013-2014, he returned to the Pittsburgh Symphony, WDR Cologne, NDR Hamburg, Philharmonia, Swedish Radio Orchestra, NHK for a Japan tour and Munich Philharmonic, and conducted opera productions (Puccini´s Madama Butterfly and Prokofiev’s The Love for three Oranges) at the Maggio Musicale in Florence; he took part at the Bratislava Festival with the Orchestra dell´Accademia di Santa Cecilia.

His engagements in 2014-2015 took him back to the San Francisco, NSO Washington, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh Symphony orchestras as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic. With the Philharmonia at the RFH, he paid a tribute to Lorin Maazel with the Respighi Trilogy. He also had debuts with the St. Louis Symphony and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal as well as the Wiener Symphoniker, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the HR Frankfurt. The Rai touring took them to Munich, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Basel and Zurich with pianist Arcadi Volodos. On the opera house, he conducted productions of Turandot at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and Jenůfa at Teatro Comunale in Bologna.

The 2015-2016 marked his return with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and San Francisco Symphony, and a debut with the Minnesota Orchestra. Recurring visits to the Munich Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Swedish Radio and NDR Hamburg Symphony and Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome occurred, as well as Maggio Musicale in Florence. He was touring with Bamberg Symphony to the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Frankfurt and Cologne as well as with NDR Hamburg to the Bratislava Festival. During the Easter time he conducted Parsifal at the Budapest Opera.

In 2016-2017, he will debut with the Chicago Symphony and will lead again the San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Utah Symphony orchestras, Art Center Ottawa, National Symphony in Washington, OSM Montreal and Minnesota Orchestra. In Europe, he will return to the HR Frankfurt, NDR Hamburg, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia and at the Bratislava Festival, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome. On the Opera, he will conduct Pique Dame in Florence, Elektra at Teatro di San Carlo Naples and Peter Grimes at Teatro Comunale Bologna.