2017

Theodore Kuchar

Theodore Kuchar is the Principal Conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta. Mr. Kuchar appears on over one hundred recordings for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine and Marco Polo labels.

He has served as artistic director and principal conductor of two of Europe’s leading orchestras, the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra) (2005–2014) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (1994–2004). In the 2011–12 season he began his tenure as the artistic director and principal conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela.

From 2002 he has served as music director and conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, and of the Reno Chamber Orchestra in the United States from 2003. An avid chamber musician, he served as the artistic director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music from 1990 to 2006. Since 2005 he has been the artistic director of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival.

Highlights of recent seasons have included a four-week, twenty-concert tour of the United States with the Czech Symphony Orchestra and guest conducting engagements including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Symphony Orchestra of Wales, English Chamber Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He has collaborated with major artists including James Galway, Shlomo Mintz, Jessye Norman, Lynn Harrell, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Mstislav Rostropovich, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade.