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(*24.2.1946, Prague - ✝31.5.2017, Prague)

Czech conductor

He studied violoncello and conducting with Bohumír Liška, Alois Klíma and Robert Brock at the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts. He graduated from the Master Courses with Sergio Celibidache. In 1971 he became a finalist of the Karajan Competition in Berlin. Since this time, he has regularly been a visiting conductor of many European and overseas orchestras. From 1972 he became the conductor of Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, from 1977 to 1989 he was the chief-conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Through hiw devotion, he has helped the orchestra acquire an international prestige (in Europa, Japan, USA). Since 1973 he has been the visiting conductor in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and from 1981, he has been the permanent conductor of it, between 1990-92 he was the chief-conductor. In 1994 he founded the Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, an orchestra of young musicians. From 1995 to 2000 he was a guest conductor, and since 2005 he has been the chief conductor of the BBC Orchestra. Since 1979 he has been working in theatre: i.e. Comic Opera in Berlin, National Theatre in Prague, Metropolitan Opera in New York (i.e. Wagner's Tristan and Isolda in 2003). He participates in many festivals, such as in Glyndebourne with Janáček's Jenůfa, which was awarded with Barclay’s Theatre Award in London. In 1995 he became a professor of conducting at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts. J. Bělohlávek has received many awards for performances of the works of Martinů and. With the Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra he studied many chamber Czech works (including Novák, Suk and Dvořák).