Jakub Klecker (b. 1982) is a distinguished young Czech conductor. After studying with Jiří Bělohlávek and Tomáš Koutník at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he was engaged as a conductor at the Janáček Opera of the National Theatre in Brno; in 2013 and 2014 he served as its chief conductor. In the 2014/2015 season, he is scheduled to explore and conduct the premiere of Bohuslav Martinů’s opera The Miracles of Mary in Brno and prepare a new production of Sergey Prokofiev’s ballet Cinderella at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava. Within the Janáček Opera’s tour of Oman in May 2014, he conducted Dvořák’s Rusalka, and in January 2013 he debuted with Verdi’s Aida at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.
Jakub Klecker has also collaborated with the National Theatre in Prague (Le nozze di Figaro,Ballettissimo).
The opera productions he has worked on recently include Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Nedbal’s Polish Blood, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Janáček’s Fate, Puccini’s Turandot, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Martinů’s Juliette. His operatic repertoire also encompasses Mozart’s Idomeneo, Verdi’s Nabucco, Bizet’s Carmen, Smetana’s The Brandenburgers in Bohemia and The Bartered Bride, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Jenůfa, and Martinů’s The Marriage.
Jakub Klecker has devoted to symphonic music too and worked with major Czech orchestras (Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic, Hradec Králové Philharmonic, North Bohemia Philharmonic Teplice). He has performed with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Udine and theJenaer Philharmonie. In 2007 and 2009 he conducted the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra on their concert tour of Japan; in 2009 he debuted at the Prague Spring festival. He has repeatedly appeared at the Brno International Music Festival, Janáček Brno and the Rheingau Musik Festival.
In 2006 he succeeded Ivan Sedláček as artistic director of Cantilena, Children and Youth Choir within the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, whounder his guidance have linked up to their previous successful activities and have garnered accolades abroad (Neerpelt, 2006; Graz, 2008; Gorizia, 2011; Wales, 2013). Since the autumn of 2014, he has taught conducting at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. In the 2015/16 season he will assume the post of music director of the Opera of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava.
Update: January 2015