Vladimir Jurowski KBE

Conductor Emeritus

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.

LPO Ring Cycle

On 27 April 2024 Vladimir will close the LPO’s 2023/24 season with the long-awaited conclusion of his highly-acclaimed Wagner Ring Cycle with the Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall: Wagner’s Götterdämmerung.

Recent highlights

In February 2024 Vladimir was appointed an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by His Majesty King Charles III, in recognition of his services to music and the arts.

At the BBC Proms concert with the LPO on 12 August 2021 – his final official concert as Principal Conductor – Vladimir received the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, one of the highest international honours in music.

In September 2021 Vladimir became Music Director at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Since 2017 he has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and in 2021 stepped down from his decade as Artistic Director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra to become its Honorary Conductor. 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).

Orchestras

Vladimir enjoys close relationships with the world’s most distinguished artistic institutions, collaborating with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago and Boston symphony orchestras.

On the opera stage

A committed operatic conductor, Vladimir’s recent highlights include semi-staged performances of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Die Walküre and Siegfried with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall; new productions of Der Rosenkavalier, Shostakovich’s The Nose and Penderecki’s Die Teufel von Loudun at the Bavarian State Opera; Die Frau ohne Schatten in Berlin and Bucharest with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel at the Bavarian State Opera; Henze’s The Bassarids and Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron at the Komische Oper Berlin; his acclaimed debut at the Salzburg Festival with Wozzeck; and his first return to Glyndebourne as a guest conductor, for the world premiere production of Brett Dean’s Hamlet with the LPO. Previous seasons at Glyndebourne – many with the LPO – have included Die Zauberflöte, La Cenerentola, Otello, Macbeth, Falstaff, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Don Giovanni, The Rake’s Progress, The Cunning Little Vixen, Ariadne auf Naxos and Péter Eötvös’s Love and Other Demons.

The 2022/23 season

During 2022/23 Vladimir returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducts new productions of Così fan tutte and Prokofiev’s War and Peace and a revival of Dean’s Hamlet at the Bavarian State Opera, and showcases a wealth of concert repertoire with the Berlin Radio Symphony and Bavarian State orchestras. He conducted four concerts with the LPO at the Royal Festival Hall: Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 on 3 December 2022; a programme of Ustvolskaya, Hindemith and Prokofiev with violinist Gil Shaham on 19 April 2023; and a programme of Mozart and Strauss on 22 April 2023.

On the LPO Label

The LPO has released a wide selection of Vladimir Jurowski’s live recordings with the Orchestra on its own label, including the complete symphonies of Brahms and Tchaikovsky; Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4 & 8; and works by Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Julian Anderson and Vladimir Martynov. In 2017 the Orchestra released a 7-CD box set of Jurowski’s LPO recordings in celebration of his 10th anniversary as Principal Conductor.

July 2022 saw the first of a three-volume Stravinsky series featuring The Rite of Spring and The Firebird (LPO-0123). Volume 2, featuring The Fairy’s Kiss and Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, was released in April 2023 (LPO-0126).

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