Jiří Rožeň (1991) studied conducting at the conservatories of Hamburg, Zürich, Salzburg and Prague. The Czech conductor is the Assistant Conductor to Thomas Dausgaard and Donald Runnicles at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with which he has worked in concerts for the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh Festival.
In 2014 and 2015 he was the finalist for both the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, which gave him the opportunity to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg. He has also taken the podium with the Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, amongst others.
In addition to the Conducting Masterclass with Daniele Gatti and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra he will be participating in Masterclasses with David Zinman this year. He has previously attended Masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, David Robertson and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
Jiří Rožeň has a special interest in contemporary music. In 2012 he conducted the world première of the opera Eine Kluge Else by Sven Daigger.
He is appointed as Jiří Bělohlávek's assistant at the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, starting next season.