Robert Kružík will become the new chief conductor of the Janáček Opera from the 2025/26 season

11. September 2023
Zora Poppová

Robert Kružík belongs to the youngest generation of our conductors. Already at the age of twenty-five, he accepted the offer of the artistic director Jiří Heřman to be engaged from the 2015/16 season in the Janáček Opera of the NdB, where he created a number of successful productions in collaboration with him and the director of the NdB Martin Glaser – The Queen of Spades with the legendary Soňa Červená, Rossini’s Count Ory, Evžen Onegin , Smetanova’s Libuše at the BVV, which became the production of the year and where he also presented himself as a solo cello player, the Greek Passions with a nomination for the international Opera Awards or the successful staging of the most demanding titles in opera literature, Strauss’s The Pink Cavalier and Verdi’s Otello. His great achievements also include collaboration with the National theater Brno ballet on a number of productions.

From the 2021/22 season he became the chief conductor of the Zlín Philharmonic, and from the 2018/19 season he is also the permanent guest conductor of the Brno Philharmonic, where he applies his extraordinary talent in the field of symphonic music.

He collaborated with leading solists such as violinists Esther Yoo, Josef Špaček, Jan Mráček and Jiří Vodička, cellists Raphael Wallfisch and Andrei Ionițǎ or Grammy winner Sumi Jo, Kateřina Kněžíková, Sung Kiu Park, phenomenal trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich and others. As a conductor, he has performed, for example, at the Mladá Praha festival, at the St. Wenceslaus music festival in Ostrava, at Smetana Litomyšl, at the Euphonia Festival in Warsaw, and in important concert halls and theaters. In May 2020, he made his debut at Prague Spring with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has been passing on his experience to a new generation of conductors as a JAMU pedagogue since 2020. In 2020, he received the Jiří Bělohlávek Prize, which is awarded to young Czech artists under the age of thirty who have achieved extraordinary success in their field and who nurture the tradition of Czech music at home and abroad .