Tomáš Brauner Standing in for the Conductor Leonard Slatkin

The Prague Spring festival regrets to report that the American conductor Leonard Slatkin has undergone a major surgical procedure, forcing him to cancel his appearance at the concert on 14 May at the Municipal House. The programme will remain unchanged, and standing in for Leonard Slatkin will be the conductor Tomáš Brauner(who has, incidentally, been involved with the project from the beginning, because Mr. Slatkin entrusted him with conducting preliminary rehearsals of the Bernstein symphony). The Prague Spring team wishes Mr. Slatkin a quick recovery and looks forward to future cooperation with him!

Prague-bornTomáš Braunerranks among the most sought-after conductors of his generation. He studied at the Prague Conservatoire (oboe and conducting) and the Academy of Music in Prague (conducting), subsequently furthering his education during a residency at Vienna‘s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst. In 2010 he became laureate of the Dimitris Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in Athens. He is currently principal conductor of the Plzeň Philharmonic Orchestra and chief guest conductor of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. He works regularly with major symphony orchestras (Prague Symphony Orchestra, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostrava Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and others) and opera houses (J.K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň, State Opera Prague, or Moravia-Silesia National Theatre in Ostrava). He has guest appeared at prestigious international festivals (Bad Kissingen, Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Prague Spring, Litomyšl Smetana Fest, Český Krumlov), and conducted Janáček’s Jenůfaat the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.