Ondřej Vrabec

The conductor and French horn player Ondřej Vrabec (1979) is a graduate of the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. As a conductor he builds on the experience gained during his rich career as a solo, chamber, and orchestra player. Already at the age of 17 he became the principal horn-player of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, where he holds the position of soloist to this day. As a soloist, he has performed with dozens of both national and international orchestras under the baton of famous conductors. He recorded most of the large number of contemporary French horn compositions dedicated to him, which he often commissioned both directly and indirectly. As a conductor, he cooperates with the majority of Czech professional orchestras, including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He led two tours of the Prague Philharmonia, one to South Korea and one to China, both of which were the ensemble’s first tour of that region. In 2012 he conducted the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in one of the programme peaks of the season series. He is a permanent member of the international conductors’ team of the Ostrava Days festival.

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