Jakub Hrůša

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Meet the Musician: Jakub Hrůša

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Ahead of his performance with the MSO this August, we spoke with acclaimed conductor Jakub Hrůša about the works he will be performing and what inspires him in life.

Bartók and Shostakovich present two very different creative looks at what music can mean and express in the first half of the 20th century. To have their masterpieces together in one program (exclusively, with nothing else) makes the musical event very well balanced, rich, stimulating and programmatically clear.

Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto is definitely one of the most challenging accompaniment tasks for an orchestra and a conductor of its time. There’s a detailed tempo instruction almost on every page in the score, not speaking about all other wishes of Bartók. It’s always fascinating to imagine how close one can get to these extraordinary specific indications of the composer, without losing the natural – and personal – feel.

Shostakovich – a piece I’ve admired since my childhood. As a boy, I wondered how it was possible that it can sound so many different ways under the direction of different conductors. Well, here is another version – mine this time! I look forward to seeing the wonderful players of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing this work. They are just a gift.

When I’m not playing music I am learning – and I don’t mean necessarily music! The world and one’s life are miracles and getting to know everything one can about them is something which will never stop to interest me.

The last thing that inspired me was a compositional work of Johannes Brahms’ Fourth Symphony. I am also inspired by my four year old daughter Beata who learns one new song a day by heart (and remembers them all). And enjoys PERFORMING them (always in the most personal way).
I am fascinated by three phenomenon: Life. Love. Knowledge.

Jakub Hrůša conducts MSO Plays Shostakovich 5 at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne 10 & 12 August.