Tomáš Netopil

Tomáš Netopil

“I am immensely honored to be part of an artistic team with the potential to follow up fully on the artistic legacy of Jiří Bělohlávek and to further refine the orchestra into the form of perfect musical joy.  For me, working with this orchestra is at once a great obligation, a challenge, and a pleasure.“

Tomáš Netopil – Principal Guest Conductor Designate

Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic from 2018-19 season, Tomáš Netopil studied violin and conducting both in his native Czech Republic with Jiří Bělohlávek  and under the guidance of Jorma Panula at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.  He made his Czech Philharmonic debut ten years ago in 2007 with music by Haydn, Sibelius and Novák, and has subsequently returned to conduct the Orchestra on numerous occasions including a 7-city tour most recently of UK and Eire.  During the new season, Netopil can be heard conducting the Czech Philharmonic in subscription concerts as well as on tour in Germany.

Tomáš Netopil's broad repertoire reflects his Czech heritage.  His recent performances include Janáček’s Makropulos Case (Vlaamse Opera); The Cunning Little Vixen (Semperoper Dresden, Vienna Staatsoper); Kát’a Kabanová (Vienna Staatsoper); and Dvořák’s Rusalka (Semperoper Dresden, Vienna Staatsoper) sitting alongside Busoni’s Dr Faust (Semperoper Dresden); Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Vienna Staatsoper) and La Clemenza di Tito (Semperoper Dresden); Halévy’s La Juive (Semperoper Dresden, Vlaamse Opera); Weber’s Die Freischütz (Vienna Staatsoper); and Verdi’s Falstaff (Vlaamse Opera).  Netopil was Artist in Residence at the 2017 Dvořák Prague International Music Festival and at the Festival's closing concert, conducted the Wiener Symphoniker in the composer’s Te Deum, later performing the work at the Wiener Konzerthaus and Wiener Musikeverin.

In the studio, Netopil has built a distinctly Czech discography which includes Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass in its never previously recorded 1927 version, Dvořák’s complete cello works, Martinů’s Ariane and Double Concerto, Smetana’s Má vlast and Suk’s Asrael.

Tomáš Netopil was appointed Music Director of the Aalto Theatre and Philharmonie Essen in 2013 where, in addition to his opera commitments, he is a regular presence on the concert platform.  Future productions include Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Strauss‘ Salome, Wagner’s Lohengrin and Die Walküre.  Before moving to Essen, he held the position of Music Director of the Prague National Theatre and Estates Theatre for four years. 

 Amongst his symphonic engagements, Netopil has conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, RSB Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell´Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI Torino, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Tomáš Netopil was First Prize Winner of the Sir George Solti International Conductors‘ Competion in 2002 and was named the’Classical Face to Watch‘ in 2018 by the UK's The Times.