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Leoš SVÁROVSKÝ


Leoš Svárovský (1961) studied flute at the Prague Conservatoire and conducting at the Academy of Music in Prague (where he was awarded the AMU rector’s prize) with the renowned professor Václav Neumann. He started his career at the National Theatre in Prague as Assistant to Zdeněk Košler.

Since the start of his career Leoš Svárovský has been Chief Conductor of excellent Czech and Slovak orchestras: the Prague Chamber Opera (1985 – 1987), Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava (1991 – 1995), Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina (1995 – 2000) where he has been Chief Guest Conductor since 2010 and Honorary Chief Conductor since 2018, the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic (1997 – 2009), the Ballet of the Prague National Theatre (2001 – 2002), Prague State Opera (also as Artistic Director from 2003 to 2005) with works like Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Prokofiev’s Cinderella, Dvořák’s Rusalka and the premiere of Janáček’s Katya Kabanova, Gounod’s Faust and Marguerite, and Glazunov’s ballet Raymonda op. 57 at the National Theatre in Prague. In the years 2014 - 2019 he was the Chief Conductor of the Aichi Central Symphony Orchestra Nagoya. He is Permanent Guest Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Honorary Member of the Brno Philharmonic. 
Leoš Svárovský is a regular guest at various important music festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad. He is President of the Ema Destinnová International Music Festival in České Budějovice, a popular guest conductor at the Smetana’s Litomyšl Festival, in Český Krumlov, the Janáček May Festival, the Easter Festival of Sacred Music in Brno and the Peter Dvorský International Music Festival in Jaroměřice. He conducted the world premiere of the Czech composer, Slavomír Hořínka’s Concerto for Violin with the soloist Sophia Jaffé and the Czech Philharmonic as part of the Brno International Music Festival. He regularly performs at the prestigious Rheingau Musik Festival, where, together with the Brno Philharmonic and the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno, he presented Massenet’s Marie Magdaleine, Dvořák’s and Verdi’s Requiem, Franz Liszt’s monumental oratorio Christ and Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet. He has also been a guest at other international festivals like the Europäische Wochen Passau, Aspekte Salzburg, George Enescu Festival Bucharest, Colorado Music Festival, Settimane musicale di Ascona and the Bratislava Music Festival, among others.
He cooperates with many foreign orchestras e. g. Orchestre de Pays de la Lorraine Metz, Staatskapelle Dresden, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Bach Collegium München, Residentie Orkest den Haag, RTL Symphony Orchestra Luxem bourg, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Shanghai Radio Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphonie Orkest Utrecht, The Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic, Armenian Philharmonic, Malaga Symphony Orchestra. In October 2011 he made his debut with the P. I. Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra in Moscow with which he has been in long-term cooperation. In 2015 he conducted this orchestra in Prague and in 2017 and 2019 in Moscow where he will once again be performing with them in November 2021.
During his career he has performed with the soloists Josef Suk, Rudolf Firkušný, Václav Hudeček, Igor Ardašev, Igor Oistrach, Ivan Gajan, Marián Lapšanský, Dalibor Karvay, Stefan Vladar, Daniel Müller Schott, Diana Damrau, Katia Ricciarelli, Miriam Gauci, Dagmar Pecková, Peter Dvorský, Ľuba Orgonášová, Marcelo Álvarez, Joseph Calleja, Ramón Vargas, Angela Georghiu, Sondra Radvanovsky, Piotr Beczala, Rudolf Buchbinder, Alfons Kontarsky, Leila Josefowicz, Xavier de Maistre, Sophia Jaffé, Andrew van Oeyen, Sumi Jo, and others throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, South America, Japan, China and Korea.
Leoš Svárovsky’s discography includes more than 40 CDs with various companies in the Czech Republic, Germany, the USA, Japan, Slovakia and France (Panton, Supraphon, JOD, Newport Classic, Symicon, Thorofon, Ultraphon, WEA Records...).

Leoš Svárovský has been teaching oratorio and cantata conducting at the Academy of Music in Prague since 2000, since 2018 as a Professor.


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