Principal guest conductor
In the 2017/2018 season, the position of the main guest conductor remains vacant.
In the last two seasons, the position of the main guest conductor was held by Mikhail Jurowski. He is a son of the conductor Vladimir Jurowski and a father of two sons, Vladimir and Dmitri, both of them conductors, and a daughter Maria, a pianist. Jurowski grew up with artists who were already famous at the time, including Mstislav Rostropovich, David Oistrakh and Aram Khachaturian. In his youth, he used to perform at home concerts where he would play four-handed piano pieces with Dmitri Shostakovich himself. But his name became famous only after he had performed at the Bolshoi Theatre and the Teatro La Scala and after he led the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra and the Leipzig Opera. As a guest conductor he has appeared with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, and many more.
“He wields the baton with tireless precision while never forgetting about the soul of the piece. Jurowski brings a balance between precision and poetry.” Benedikt Lessmann, Leipzig music critic.