Jiří Rožeň makes his debut at the National Theatre Opera in the 2021/22 season. He studied conducting at conservatoires and universities of Prague, Salzburg, Hamburg, Zürich and Glasgow. He has seen success in Salzburg and London as the Finalist of both the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award and the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition. Formerly Assistant Conductor at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rožeň was working alongside Donald Runnicles and Thomas Dausgaard and assisted them at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival. His international standing grows with debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. He also conducts all the major orchestras in Belgium, and appears elsewhere with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, Poznan Philharmonic, Staatsorchester Kassel, the Romanian Radio National Orchestra and the PKF – Prague Philharmonia. As a passionate and knowledgeable advocate of Czech music, he regularly presents music by Martinů, Suk, Janáček, Kalabis and Kabeláč, he has conducted one of Kabeláč’s signature works, Symphony No. 4 on various occasions including Austrian premiere with Camerata Salzburg at Salzburg Festival. Alongside his symphonic work, Rožeň is steadily building his opera repertoire. During his time in Scotland, he has been engaged in conducting Stravinsky’s Mavra, Walton’s The Bear, Strauss’s Die Fledermaus and Britten’s Owen Wingrave. He has also 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.
Photo Ilona Sochorová