Juraj Valčuha, Music Director Designate
An internationally acclaimed conductor, Valčuha previously served as the Chief Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai from 2009 to 2016. He also serves as Music Director of the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, and First Guest Conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
Music Director Designate
Conductor Juraj Valčuha is recognized for his effortless expressiveness and depth of musicianship. With sharp baton technique and natural stage presence, the impressive ease of his interpretations translate even the most complex scores into immersive experiences. His profound understanding of composer and score, taste, and naturally elegant style make him one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation.
Announcing Music Director Designate
Juraj Valčuha conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 2
Beethoven's Symphony No. 2, performed by the Houston Symphony and conducted by Juraj Valčuha on March 13, 2021.
John Mangum Executive Director/CEO
"An incredibly accomplished conductor with precise attention to detail, Juraj stood out for his evident chemistry with Symphony musicians and his commitment to musical excellence."
Yoonshin Song Concertmaster
"Juraj Valčuha understands the tradition of our symphony and what we’ve accomplished. With his profound gift for interpreting and making music, he will push our orchestra forward."
Robin Kesselman Principal Double Bass
"Maestro Valčuha brings profound depth to a wide range of repertoire. He is nearly unique in his ability to communicate an unbelievable amount of information through his gesture."
Leonardo Soto Principal Timpani
"He has a unique conducting style that I’ve never seen before: He has a youthfulness on the podium that is dictated by the energy of the music. I look forward to seeing where he takes our symphony."
History of Music Directors at the Houston Symphony