Jakub Klecker (1982) belongs to strong representatives of the young generation of Czech conductors. He studied conducting with Jiří Bělohlávek and Tomáš Koutník at the Prague Academy of Music. After his graduation he has been engaged as a conductor at the Janáček Opera (The National Theatre Brno) and developed an extensive opera repertoire. From 2013 till 2014 he was the Chief Conductor of the Janáček Opera. His conducting engagements in this season include a new production of The Miracles of Mary byB. Martinů (opening night on March 27, 2015) at the Janáček Opera and ballet premiere of Cinderella by S. S. Prokofiev at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava. As a guest conductor he will also appear at the National Theatre in Prague, leading a series of performances of Le nozze di Figaro and preparing a new ballet production of Ballettissimo. He conducted Dvořák’s Rusalka during the tour of Janáček Opera to Oman in May 2014. In 2013 he gave his debut at the State Theatre Nürnberg with Verdi’s Aida. His last opera productions include TheFlying Dutchman, Polish Blood, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Janáček’s The Fate, Turandot,La Cenerentolla and The Rake’s Progress.He also directed a great number of performances of Nabucco, Rigoletto, Carmen, The Brandenburg’s in Bohemia, The Bartered Bride,The Cunning Little Vixen and Jenůfa. A special place in his reperoire takes work of Bohuslav Martinů: The Marriage, Julietta and Ariadna. Jakub Klecker regularly appears with most leading Czech orchestras. In 2007 and 2009 he conducted Brno Philharmonic Orchestra during the Japan tour. In 2009 he gave his debut at the Prague Spring International Music Festival and was regularly invited to perform at the Brno International Music Festival as well as Rheingau Musikfestival. Since 2006 Jakub Klecker is a Chief Choirmaster and Artistic Leader of the Kantiléna, Youth Choir. Since 2014 he teaches conducting at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno.
Update: October 2014