Juraj Valcuha has been appointed Chief Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Torino from November 2009 until 2013.
Slovakian conductor Juraj Valcuha studied composition, conducting and cymbalon at the Bratislava Conservatory. From the age of nineteen he spent two years in St. Petersburg and studied conducting with Ilya Musin. In 1998 he moved to Paris where he studied conducting at the Conservatoire National Supérieur with Janos Fürst and attended Masterclasses of Jorma Panula.
Juraj Valcuha was Assistant Music Director of the Orchestre et Opéra National de Montpellier from 2003 . . . to 2005. Contemporaneously he made his debut with the Orchestre National de France (with whom he recorded the Alaleona´s opera Mirra) and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France.
In the season 2005/2006 he conducted the Orchestre National de France, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and he led in Paris a widely acclaimed Bohème as well as the double-bill Debussy La Chute de la Maison Usher and Chapochnikov Le Jardin Empoisonné with the Orchestre National de France. He had his German debut with the Rheinland-Pfalz Philharmonie in Ludwigshafen.
In the 2006/2007 season he made his Italian debut with La Boheme at the Teatro Comunale Bologna. He conducted Le nozze di Figaro at the Opéra de Nancy and the double-bill Bartok Bluebeard/Poulenc La Voix Humaine at the Opéra de Lyon. He led the Filarmonica Toscanini in Parma and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo in the New Year concert.
He started the 2007/2008 season conducting the Rotterdam Philharmonic, followed by the RAI Orchestra in Turin, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the DSO Berlin and the Oslo Philharmonic. He returned to Bologna with the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale and to the Opéra de Nancy with Britten´s Midsummer Night´s dream. He made his US debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic.
In 2008/2009 he had his debut with the Gewandhaus Leipzig and the Swedish Radio Orchestra. He led again the Orchestra Verdi in Milano, the RAI Orchestra Torino and the Philharmonia London. He conducted a tribute to Toscanini with the eponymous Filarmonica in Parma as well as a series of Carmen in Italy. He recorded for ARTE a tribute to Pfitzner and Richard Strauss with the Saarländische Rundfunk. He had his debut with the Bavarian State Opera Munich and the Deutsche Oper Berlin (both with Butterfly), led the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice in Venezia and in the first “Abu Dhabi Classics” season with an Opera Gala featuring Marcelo Alvarez, Franco Vassallo and Julia Gertseva. During the summer he made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
He just opened the season 2009/2010 of the Munich Philharmonic and made his debut with the Staatskapelle Dresden. He will appear again with the Philharmonia London, the Swedish Radio and the RAI Orchestra Torino. At the Bavarian State Opera he will conduct a new production of Donizetti´s Elisir d´amore, followed by performances of Nozze di Figaro, as well as Turandot at the Stuttgart Opera. He will appear again with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra Washington.