Jiří Rožeň (1991) studied conducting at conservatoires and universities of Prague, Salzburg, Hamburg, Zürich and Glasgow. He has seen success in Salzburg and London as the Finalist of both the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award and the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition. Formerly Assistant Conductor at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rožeň was working alongside Donald Runnicles and Thomas Dausgaard and assisted them at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival. His mentors have included Garry Walker, Dennis Russell Davies, Ulrich Windfuhr, and Johannes Schlaefli. Other important influences include Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, and Péter Eötvös in masterclasses. His international standing grows with debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. He also conducts all the major orchestras in Belgium, and appears elsewhere with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, Poznan Philharmonic, Staatsorchester Kassel and the Romanian Radio National Orchestra. As a passionate and knowledgeable advocate of Czech music, he regularly presents standard Czech repertoire, as well as music by Martinů, Suk, Janáček, Kalabis and Kabeláč. Alongside his symphonic work, Rožeň is steadily building his opera repertoire. During his time in Scotland, he has been engaged in conducting Stravinsky’s Mavra, Walton’s The Bear, Strauss’s Die Fledermaus and Britten’s Owen Wingrave. He has also conducted Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilegès with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra as well as Sven Daigger’s Eine Kluge Else at the Brücken-Festival für Neue Musik in Rostock.