About the artist

Robert Kružík belongs to the youngest generation of Czech conductors. From January 2016 he has been a permanent conductor of Janáček Opera House of the National Theatre Brno as well as of Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava (2016-2019) and also a permanent guest conductor of Brno Philharmonic starting the season 2018/2019. In April 2020, he accepted the offer of the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic and from the 2021/22 season he has been its Chief Conductor. In March 2023, he made his debut with the Czech Philharmonic in Prague's Rudolfinum. He is the laureate of the Jiří Bělohlávek Award.

Since 2014, he has been working for Janáček Opera House as an assistant conductor on productions of Maria di Rohan by Gaetano Donizetti and operas Carmen, The Kiss (Hubička), The Miracles of Mary (Hry o Marii), The Devil and Kate (Čert a Káča). Robert Kružík directed his interpretation of Rossini's Le comte Ory, Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin. In the beginning of season 2018/2019 he directed premiere of Smetana’s Libuše commemorating the100th anniversary of foundation of the Czech Republic.

Kružík works with several orchestras such as Czech Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, MDR-Sinfonieorchester, Brno Philharmonic, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Slovak State Philharmonic Košice etc.

He has worked with leading soloists such as violinists Václav Hudeček, Josef Špaček, Jan Mráček, cellists Tomáš Jamník, Raphael Wallfisch, singers Roman Janál, Jiří Sulženko and Soňa Červená. As a conductor he made his appearance at Smetana´s Litomyšl Festival, St. Venceslas Music Festival in Ostrava and in major concert halls of the Czech Republic. In May 2020, he made his debut at the Prague Spring Festival with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Brno, he started as a cellist and later graduated from Brno Conservatory where besides playing cello (as a pupil of Miroslav Zicha) he engaged in conducting (as a pupil of Stanislav Kummer). He pursued his studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he was taught the art of conducting by Leoš Svárovský, Charles Olivieri-Munroe and Lubomír Mátl as well as the subject of cello by Miroslav Petráš. He performed, with success, at several cello competitions, such as the Prague Spring, the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Interpretation Competition, Leoš Janáček International Competition. In the academic year 2012/2013 he obtained a study-related placement in Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Switzerland where he focused on both subjects. He broadened his experience and skills participating in master courses in conducting with Norbert Baxa, Johannes Schlaefli and David Zinman.

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