Jiří Rožeň’s international presence continues to grow rapidly in the 2021/22 season as he
makes his debuts with leading orchestras and continues to develop his reputation as one of
the foremost interpreters of Czech repertoire.
Recent debut performances have included appearances with the Orchestre National du
Capitole de Toulouse, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice, Danish National
Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra, Geneva
Chamber, Czech Radio Symphony at the Dvořák Prague Festival and Pilsen Philharmonic.
In the 21/22 season, symphonic debuts include concerts with the Aalborg Symphony, Scottish
Chamber, Hallé, MDR Leipzig and Slovak Philharmonic.
Soloist collaborations have featured internationally recognised names such as Esther Yoo, Kian Soltani, Kirill Gerstein, Vadim Gluzman, Lukáš Vondráček and Lawrence Brownlee.
As a passionate and knowledgeable advocate of Czech music, he regularly presents
standard Czech repertoire, as well as music by Bohuslav Martinů, Josef Suk, Leoš Janáček,
Viktor Kalabis and Miloslav Kabeláč. He has conducted one of his signature works, Symphony No.4 by Miloslav Kabeláč on various occasions including Austrian premiere with Camerata Salzburg at Salzburg Festival and his conducting debut at Prague Spring Festival with PKF-Prague Philharmonia.
Highlights of the 2019/20 season included debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He also conducted all the major orchestras in Belgium – Orchestre national de Belgique, Brussels Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony as well as Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, and appeared elsewhere with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic and Staatsorchester Kassel.
Rožeň appeared at two prestigious international festivals, returning to Prague Spring Festival with PKF-Prague Philharmonia, performing a special streamed concert in light of the pandemic and debuting in China at the Forest Festival in Nanjing with Jiangsu Symphony Orchestra.
Also increasingly at home in the pit, Rozen makes his opera debut in Prague conductingmultiple productions at the Prague National Theatre – Rusalka, a double bill of Weill’s Seven
Deadly Sins and Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Schulhoff’s Flammen in the spring of 2022.
During his time in Scotland, Rozen conducted Stravinsky's Mavra, Walton's The Bear and
Strauss's Die Fledermaus. Elsewhere, he has conducted Ravel's L’enfant et les sortilegès with
the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra as well as Sven Daigger's Eine Kluge Else at the
Brücken-Festival für Neue Musik in Rostock.
Born in Prague in 1991, Jiří Rožeň studied conducting at conservatoires and universities of
Prague, Salzburg, Hamburg, Zürich and Glasgow, where he was Leverhulme Conducting
Fellow. He has seen success in Salzburg and London as the Finalist of both the Nestlé and
Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting
Competition. Formerly Assistant Conductor at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jiří
was working alongside Donald Runnicles and Thomas Dausgaard and assisted them at the
BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival. His mentors have included Garry
Walker, Dennis Russell Davies, Ulrich Windfuhr and Johannes Schlaefli. Other important
influences include Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, David Zinman and Peter Eötvös in
masterclasses with orchestras such as the Concertgebouworkest, Orchestre Philharmonique
de Radio France and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.
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