Leos Svarovsky

Leoš Svárovský (1961) studied flute at the Prague Conservatoire and conducting at the Academy of Music in Prague, with the renowned professor Václav Neumann. He started his career in the National Theatre in Prague as assistant of Zdeněk Košler. In 1991 he was invited by Herbert von Karajan Foundation to cooperate with George Solti, Claudio Abbado and Vienna Philharmonic at „Sommerspiele Salzburg". 


Since the beginning of his career he has been chief conductor of excellent orchestras (1985–87 Prague Chamber Opera, 1991–93 Janáček’s Philharmonic Ostrava, 1991–95 State Philharmonic Brno; 1995–2000 Sinfonietta, Žilina,1997 – 2009 Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic and 2001 – 2002 Prague National Theatre Ballet Orchestra ). In 2003–2005 - artistic director and chief conductor of Prague State Opera. Currently he acts as permanent guest conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic and honorary member of Brno Philharmonic. He will become a chief conductor of Aichi Central Symphony Orchestra Nagoya from spring 2014.

Leoš Svárovský also cooperated with many excellent orchestras. To name just a few: Orchestre de Pays de la Lorraine Metz, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Bach Collegium München, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Residentie Orkest den Haag, RTL Symphony Orchestra Luxembourg, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Shanghai Radio Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphonie Orkest Utrecht, The Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphonic Orchestra and many others.

Leoš Svárovský is regularly invited to perform at many important music festivals in the Czech Republic (Smetana's Litomyšl, Prague Spring, Moravian Autumn, Easter Festival of Sacred Music, Janáček’s May, Prague Autumn and Emmy Destinn Music Festival in České Budějovice), as well as abroad (Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau, George Enescu Festival Bucharest, Colorado Music Festival, Settimane Musicali di Ascona, Dias da Música em Belém and many others).

He also cooperated with many outstanding soloists, including R. Firkušný, J. Suk, V. Hudeček, I. Ardašev, P. Šporcl, V. Pikajzen, D. Geringas, A. Noras, M. Fedotov, C. Ortiz, G.Opitz, D. Varjon, H. Hardenberger D. Damrau, I. Oistrach, S. Vladar, M. Gauci, K. Ricciarelli, K. Rydl, S. Larin, N. Martinucci, E. Randová, D. Pecková, L. Orgonášová, Sumi Jo, Ch. Margiono, R. Buchbinder, S. Kovatschewitch, A. Kontarski, L. Josephowitsch, X. de Maestre, F. Say, U.Ughi, S.Jaffé and many others.

In June 2004 he conducted Dvořák's Requiem at the Musica Sacra Festival in Nuremberg and in autumn 2004 he toured with Brno Philharmonic through six Asian capitals on the Toyota tour. He experienced great success with his concerts with Staatskapelle Dresden in March 2005 when he stepped in for indisposed Sir J. E. Gardiner.

He has been cooperating with the Czech Philharmonic since 2001. Leoš Svárovský conducted Czech first orchestra again in February 2006 and October 2007 in Rudolfinum. With this orchestra followed tour of USA.

Beginning 2009 he was invited to guest perform with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, later on in beginning 2010 he returned to Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, and conducted the Nurnberger Symphoniker and Stuttgarter Philharmoniker

Leoš Svárovský led the Brno Philharmonic on their successful tour to Japan in November 2009. He performed with the Brno Philharmonic and Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno at the closing concert of Rheingau Musik Festival in August 2010, with J.Massenet Marie Magdalene. In October 2010 he conducted the world premiere of Slavomír Hořínka Violin Concerto at the Moravian Autumn Festival Brno – with the Czech Philharmonic and violinist Sophia Jaffé. In April 2011 Leoš Svárovský conducted several concerts of the Brno Philharmonic at festival Dias da Música em Belém in Lisbon, Portugal.

During concert season 2010/11 Leoš Svárovský went on concert tour of Poland with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, and to Japan with this orchestra. His another project in Japan was B. Smetana´s opera, The Bartered Bride, in Suntory Hall in Tokyo with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In September and October 2011 he undertook very successful concert tour of Japan with the Brno Philharmonic. Another concert tour to Japan, this time with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, followed in 2012.

The 2011/12 season brought Leoš Svárovský, besides other ensembles, to Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow in October 2011. Later on he performed with leading European orchestras in Prague, Bratislava, Brno, Salzburg, Linz, Wuppertal, Spain, Portugal, festival Meran in Italy.

The 2012/13 season started for Maestro Svarovsky with closing concerts of Cesky Krumlov Int.Music Festival and Emmy Destinn Music Festival in Ceske Budejovice. Will continue, besides other engagements, with new year´s concerts with Stuttgart Philharmonic, concert of J.Massenet Marie Magdalene in Linz in March 2013, and Verdi Requiem at the Rheingau Festival 2013. Another tour to Japan with Brno Philharmonic is planned for autumn 2013.

Since 2000 he has been teaching conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Leoš Svárovský develops also teaching career, being Docent (Associate Professor) at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague since October 2012.