Vladimir Jurowski (19 September)
In a profession not unknown for musical dynasties, Vladimir Jurowski’s family is a veritable conservatoire. Son of the conductor Mikhail Jurowski, his grandfather was a renowned Soviet film composer, while his brother and sister are, respectively, conductor and pianist. Born in Moscow, he completed his musical training in Germany and numbers among his mentors Sir Colin Davis, with whom he worked in a masterclass on Sibelius’s Seventh Symphony.
His association with the London Philharmonic Orchestra dates from 2001, and he has been its principal conductor since 2006. Throughout the following decade, his characteristically imaginative programming with this orchestra has been matched by an extensive discography covering Brahms, Britten, Medtner, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. In 2007, he was one of eight conductors of British orchestras to endorse the ten-year outreach manifesto, ‘Building on Excellence: Orchestras for the 21st Century’. This included free entry to all British schoolchildren to a classical music concert. From 2017 he assumes principal conductorship of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Other orchestras with which Jurowski has been associated are the Russian National Orchestra (with which he has made several recordings) and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with which he has recorded the Mendelssohn violin concertos with Alina Ibragimova (who appears at Putney Music on 5 December). He was music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera from 2000 to 2013, and has spoken eloquently of that company’s intensive and detailed working conditions. His way of working in the recording studio is equally detailed: he relishes the medium’s potential for results which are nuanced and bear repeated listening.
Away from the rostrum, time is often spent reading, watching films (‘mainly non-Hollywood’) and picking mushrooms. He has practised yoga for some fifteen years.