"Electrifyingly done, The Rite of Spring was so engrossing that
by the end we felt we were involved in something thrilling yet truly
horrible. This was a great interpretation that added immeasurably to
Jurowski's reputation as one of the leading Stravinskyans of our time."
Tim Ashley, The Guardian
"As one now expects from Jurowski, the string
sound was lighter and less searingly intense than maestros of an older
generation tended to encourage in Tchaikovsky. Instead, there was a
white-knuckle tension and a real sense of a wild and tragic story
recounted with enthralling detail, vivid colour and pace." Richard Morrison The Times
Born in Moscow, the son of conductor Mikhail
Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski completed his initial musical studies at
the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he relocated with
his family to Germany where he continued his studies in Dresden and
Berlin, studying conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with
Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford
Festival, where he conducted Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night. The same year saw his brilliant debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in Nabucco.
In 1996 he joined the ensemble of Komische Oper Berlin, becoming First
Kapellmeister in 1997 and continuing to work at the Komische Oper on a
permanent basis until 2001.
Since 1997 Vladimir Jurowski has been a guest at
some of the world's leading musical institutions including the Royal
Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Opéra Bastille
de Paris, Théâtre de la Monnaie Bruxelles, Maggio Musicale Festival
Florence, Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, Edinburgh International
Festival, Semperoper Dresden and the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (where
he served as Principal Guest Conductor between 2000 and 2003). In 1999
he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York with Rigoletto.
In January 2001 Vladimir Jurowski took up the
position of Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera and in 2003
was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic
Orchestra, becoming the Orchestra's Principal Conductor in September
2007. He also holds the title of Principal Artist with the Orchestra of
the Age of Enlightenment, and from 2005 to 2009 served as Principal
Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra, with whom he will
continue to work in the years ahead.
Vladimir Jurowski is a regular guest with many
of the world's leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic,
Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Los
Angeles Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras, as well as the
Staatskapelle Dresden and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Highlights
of the 2011/12 season and beyond include his debuts with the Vienna
Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo
and San Francisco Symphony, and return visits to the Chamber Orchestra
of Europe, Staatskapelle Dresden, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Accademia
Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Chicago Symphony, St Petersburg
Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and Philadelphia Orchestras.
Jurowski's operatic engagements have included Jenufa, The Queen of Spades and Hänsel und Gretel at the Metropolitan Opera, Parsifal and Wozzeck at Welsh National Opera, War and Peace at the Opéra National de Paris, Eugene Onegin at La Scala Milan and Iolanta at the Dresden Semperoper, as well as The Magic Flute, La Cenerentola, Otello, Macbeth, Falstaff, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Don Giovanni, The Rake's Progress,and Peter Eötvös's Love and Other Demons at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Future engagements include new productions of Ariadne auf Naxos and The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne, Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Metropolitan Opera, Moses und Aron at the Komische Oper Berlin and Ruslan and Ludmila at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Jurowski's discography includes the first ever recording of Giya Kancheli's cantata Exil for ECM (1994), Meyerbeer's L'étoile du nord for Naxos-Marco Polo (1996), and Werther
for BMG (1999) as well as live recordings of works by Brahms, Mahler,
Rachmaninov, Turnage, Tchaikovsky, Britten and Shostakovich on the
London Philharmonic Orchestra's own label, and Prokofiev's Betrothal in a Monastery
on Glyndebourne Opera's own label. He also records for PentaTone with
the Russian National Orchestra, with releases to date including
Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 3 and Stravinsky's Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée, Shostakovich's Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6, Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 and Tchaikovsky's Hamlet incidental music. Glyndebourne have released DVD recordings of his performances of La Cenerentola, Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus and Rachmaninov's The Miserly Knight, and other recent DVD releases include Hänsel und Gretel
from the Metropolitan Opera New York, and his first concert as the
London Philharmonic Orchestra's Principal Conductor featuring works by
Wagner, Berg and Mahler (released by Medici Arts).