Robert Kružík (born 1990) belongs to the youngest generation of Czech conductors. Not thirty years old yet, he has already been (since January 2016) a permanent conductor of Janáček Opera House of the National Theatre Brno as well as of Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava (since September 2016). He is a permanent guest conductor of Brno Philharmonic starting the season 2018/2019. Among other important events awaiting him there is the New Year’s concert with Brno Philharmony on 1st January 2019.
Since 2014, he has been working for Janáček Opera House as an assistant conductor on productions of Maria di Rohan by Gaetano Donizetti and operas Carmen, The Kiss (Hubička), The Miracles of Mary (Hry o Marii), The Devil and Kate (Čert a Káča). Last year Robert Kružík directed his interpretation of Rossini’s Le comte Ory and Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades. In the beginning of season 2018/2019 he directed premiere of Smetana´s Libuše to the 100th anniversary of foundation of the Czech Republic. In the Ostrava Opera he conducted Martinů’s Three Wishes or Inconstancy of the Life (Tři přání aneb Vrtkavosti života), Smetana’s The Secret (Tajemství) and The Bartered Bride (Prodaná nevěsta), Mozart’s opera La clemenza di Tito, Verdi’s Otello, Prokofjev’s ballet Cinderella and Verdi‘s La traviata, based on his interpretation.
In addition to opera stages, Robert Kružík works with several Czech orchestras such as Brno Philharmonic, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc, South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, Czech Virtuosi and Ensemble Opera Diversa and is to join Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra Zlín in season 2018/2019. He has worked with leading soloists such as violinists Esther Yoo, Václav Hudeček, cellists Tomáš Jamník, Raphael Wallfisch, singers Roman Janál, Jiří Sulženko and famous Soňa Červená. As a conductor he made his appearance at Malá Praha Festival, St. Venceslas Music Festival in Ostrava and in major concert halls of the Czech Republic.
Born in Brno, he started as a cellist and later graduated from Brno Conservatory where besides playing cello (as a pupil of Miroslav Zicha) he engaged in conducting (as a pupil of Stanislav Kummer). He pursued his studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he was taught conducting by Leoš Svárovský, Charles Olivieri-Munroe and Lubomír Mátl as well as the subject of cello by Miroslav Petráš. In the academic year 2012/2013 he obtained a study-related placement in Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Switzerland where he focused on both subjects. He performed, with success, at several cello competitions, among others the Prague Spring, the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Interpretation Competition, Leoš Janáček International Competition. He broadened his experience and skills participating in master courses in cello performance under the guidance of Jiří Bárta, Michaela Fukačová and Raphael Wallfisch and conducting with Norbert Baxa, Johannes Schlaefli and David Zinman.