Chief Conductor of the KSO
Conductor, composer and pianist Jan Kučera is among the most universal Czech artists. He graduated from the composition class of Bohuslav Řehoř at the Prague Conservatory and from the conducting class of Miriam Němcová a Miroslav Košler. He then continued studying conducting at the HAMU art university under Vladimír Válek.
As a conductor, he regularly cooperates with top Czech orchestras with whom he – besides the classical repertoire – performed or recorded over a hundred contemporary composers’ symphony compositions, often as a premiere. With the Prague Symphony Orchestra, he performed Smetana’s Má vlast (My homeland), Janáček’s Slavonic Mass or Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor with the “Ode to Joy”. He also conducted this orchestra during its tour of Great Britain in 2015.
As a composer, he reaches into a number of areas, creating symphonic, chamber and song compositions, and he has also composed stage music for more than thirty plays for Prague and regional theatres.
He is also active at the opera stage. In the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava, he conducted Mirandolina by Bohuslav Martinů and Prokofiev’s opera The Fiery Angel. At the New Stage of the National Theatre in Prague he prepared the performance of two short operas by Dmitri Shostakovich – The Antiformalist Rayok /Orango and his own comic opera Red Mary as a world premier. In January 2016, he staged the opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella) by Gioachino Rossini at the Estates Theatre in Prague.