The Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava enters its 67th season with a new chief conductor
The 2020/21 season marks a new era for our orchestra, as Vassily Sinaisky is becoming our new Chief Conductor and Music Director. “Janáček Philharmonic is a very progressive orchestra and I am looking forward to performing many great programs together,” he says. In the first season, he will lead the orchestra in The Rite of Spring, Verdi’s Requiem, and Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony among other programs.
There are two other artists newly associated with the orchestra: The much-traveled pianist Lukáš Vondráček, born in our region, was named the Artist In Residence, performing Dvořák and Brahms. The rising star conductor Petr Popelka will present works by Ligeti, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, and legendary Ripening by Josef Suk – as our new Principal Guest Conductor.
Nikolai Lugansky, Danjulo Ishizaka, Christian Arming, Gabriel Bebeselea, Risto Joost, and Daniel Raiskin are among the artists who are returning to Ostrava within the 2020/21 season. New faces include Robert Spano, Domingo Hindoyan, Leticia Moreno, Piotr Anderszewski and Grigory Sokolov to name but a few.
Our recent tours include a debut in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and a return to the Musikverein Wien. Lukáš Vondráček was the soloist of our South Korean Tour in November 2019, while Steven Isserlis was with us in Italy in early 2020 (not long before the pandemic started, actually – but we all are well!).
The most important, and the best news at the end: the project documentation for our new concert hall is being drawn by the famed Steven Holl Architects from New York, under the acoustical guidance of Yasuhisa Toyota from Nagata Acoustics, with a due opening date in 2024.