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Semyon Bychkov signs 5 year deal with Czech Philharmonic / Prague Daily Monitor

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Director of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (CF), David Marecek, signed a five-year contract with new CF chief conductor Semyon Bychkov on Monday. U.S. conductor of Russian origin Bychkov will be the new CF chief conductor and the successor to late Jiri Belohlavek starting the season 2018/2019. Before it, the guest conductors Jakub Hrusa and Tomas Netopil will be heading the CF temporarily. "This day is of major importance for CF because by signing the contract with Bychkov, certainty is returning to it. It is now certain that it will be headed by an artist who will work similarly to Belohlavek," Marecek said.

Bychkov has led almost all of the world's important orchestras including the Berlin and Vienna philharmonics, the London Symphonic Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, he regularly performs at the BBC Proms festivals and has also gained fame in the operatic field, conducting, for example, the orchestras of the Royal Opera House in London, New York's Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg festival.

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