Born in the Czech Republic, Jakub Hrůša is Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he taught Jiří Bělohlávek among others. He is currently president of the International Circle Martinů and the Society Dvořák, and in 2015 he received the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize for the first time.
He is a frequent guest with many of the world's greatest orchestras and, in addition to his titled positions, maintains close relationships with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In the 2018/19 season he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the NHK Symphony.
Among his relationships with leading vocal and instrumental soloists in recent seasons are Behzod Abduraimov, Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lisa Batiashvili, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Rudolf Buchbinder, Isabelle Faust, Bernarda Fink, Julia Fischer, Vilde Frang and Sol Gabetta, Christian Gerhaher, Kirill Gerstein, Karen Gomyo, Augustin Hadelich, Hilary Hahn, Leonidas Kavakos, Sergey Khachatryan, Lang Lang, Igor Levit, Jan Lisiecki, Albrecht Mayer, Johannes Moser, Viktoria Mullova, Anne Sofie Mutter, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Daniil Trifonov, Klaus Florian Vogt, Yuja Wang, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Nikolaj Znaider
As an opera conductor, he is a regular guest at the Glyndebourne Festival, where he conducted »Vanessa«, » Das schlaue Füchslein«, »A Midsummer Night's Dream«, »Carmen«, »The Turn of the Screw«, »Don Giovanni« and »La bohème«, and was Music Director of Glyndebourne On Tour for three years. He has also conducted productions for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Opéra National de Paris and the Frankfurt Opera, among others.
As a recording artist, Hrůša has most recently released Smetana's »Má vlast« with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and concertos for orchestras by Bartók and Kodály with the RSB Berlin. In addition, he has recorded Berlioz's »Symphonie fantastique«, Strauss' »An Alpine Symphony« and Suk's »Asrael Symphony« with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the violin concertos by Tchaikovsky and Bruch with Nicola Benedetti and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and nine CDs with Czech repertoire with the PKF-Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he was music director from 2009 to 2015.