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Tomáš Netopil – Principal Guest Conductor
"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."
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 tours to the UK, Eire and Germany. During the new season, Netopil conducts the Czech Philharmonic and soloist Rudolf Buchbinder in works by Beethoven as part of a series of concerts in 2020 marking the composer’s anniversary year.
Tomáš Netopil's broad repertoire reflects his Czech heritage. Performances in recent seasons include Smetana’s The Bartered Bride (Semperoper Dresden); Janáček’s Makropulos Case (Vlaamse Opera); The Cunning Little Vixen (Semperoper Dresden, Wiener Staatsoper); Kát’a Kabanová (Wiener Staatsoper); Jenůfa (Dutch National Opera); and Dvořák’s Rusalka (Semperoper Dresden, Wiener Staatsoper) sitting alongside Busoni’s Doktor Faust (Semperoper Dresden); Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Wiener Staatsoper), La Clemenza di Tito (Semperoper Dresden) and Idomeneo (Wiener Staatsoper); Halévy’s La Juive (Semperoper Dresden, Vlaamse Opera); Weber’s Die Freischütz (Wiener 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. Recent productions include Webern’s Der Freischutz, Strauss‘ Salome, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Dvořák’s Rusalka. Before moving to Essen, he held the position of Music Director of the Prague National Theatre and Estates Theatre for four years from 2008-2012.
Amongst his symphonic engagements, Netopil has conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Symphonieorchester 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, Radio Filharmonisch 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. In 2018, Netopil established an International Summer Music Academy for young musicians in Kroměříž where he first started his musical studies at the State School of Performing Arts and P.J. Vejvanoský Conervatoire.