Prague Symphony Orchestra (PSO) welcomes a new Chief Conductor, Tomáš Netopil, who is set to assume the prestigious position with the commencement of the 2025/26 season, succeeding Tomáš Brauner. This transition symbolizes not just a change in leadership but also a renewed promise of musical excellence and cultural richness.
Embarking on a New Symphony
Renowned Czech conductor, Tomáš Netopil, currently the Principal Guest Conductor at the Czech Philharmonic, will be vacating his role to embrace the new responsibilities at PSO. Until the previous season, Netopil’s musical finesse was also witnessed as the General Music Director of the Aalto Musiktheater and Philharmonie Essen.
Musical Journey and Achievements
Netopil’s musical journey is highlighted by his studies in violin and conducting in his homeland, the Czech Republic, and advanced training at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, mentored by Jorma Panula. He attained significant recognition in 2002, securing victory in the inaugural Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.
Continuing the Legacy
Netopil expressed his profound connection with Prague, citing it as a substantial reservoir of culture and music. He acknowledged the PSO’s stellar contribution to the musical heritage of Prague and is elated to converge artistically with the orchestra, aspiring to unveil its rich potential and extend musical joy beyond borders. “Our journey represents a new and exciting artistic chapter,” he exclaimed.
Daniel Sobotka, the orchestra’s director, expressed his contentment with the orchestra’s trajectory over the years and highlighted the essence of having a Czech conductor, especially for an ensemble that serves as an ambassador for Prague. “We warmly welcome Tomáš Netopil to the Prague Symphony Orchestra,” Sobotka remarked.