Juraj Valčuha named next Houston Symphony musical director


The Houston Symphony has announced that internationally renowned conductor Juraj Valčuha has been appointed as the next musical director.

Succeeding Andres Orozco-Estrada, the post has been held in the past by figures such as Leopold Stokowski, Andre Previn and Christoph Eschenbach. Valčuha will begin his tenure at the start of the 2022-2023 HS season and will be the fifth to hold the position. He debuted with the company as a guest conductor in 2011, and returned in their 17-18 and 20-21 seasons.

“We are delighted to announce Juraj Valčuha as our next artistic conductor,” said John Mangum, executive director and CEO of Houston Symphony, in a press release. “In our search for a new Music Director, we were fortunate to narrow our selection down to a superb group of individuals. Incredibly accomplished conductor with careful attention to detail, Juraj has distinguished himself through his obvious chemistry with Symphony musicians and his commitment to musical excellence. We know he will build on the work of music directors before him to support the highest level of performance imaginable for our musicians. I look forward to welcoming him back to the Jones Hall stage.

Valčuha is expected to perform with HS to conduct their orchestra in Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” to conclude their 2021-22 season. His first official appearance as Music Director will be on September 17, 2022, and he will return for nine weeks of their 2022-2023 season.

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