Biography

Adrian Prabava is an extraordinary conductor, whose approach to the composer’s score enables every instrument to be heard and every musician to be given their proper value."    (Jocelyne De Nicola, GB Opera, 12 January 2014)

Recent debuts have taken Adrian Prabava to the Tivoli Orchestra, Odense Symfoniorkester, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Osaka). In the 2018/2019 season Adrian Prabava will conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, the Staatsorchester Kassel and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic for the first time. Other highlights of this season include invitations to the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra, the Bursa State Symphony, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille.

Adrian Prabava was recently engaged with orchestras such as the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Athens State Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Festival Strings Lucerne, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille and Strasbourg, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto Casa da Música, Oslo Philharmonic, Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt, Royal Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Saarland State Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya, Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck and the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen.

He studied violin at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold and conducting with Eiji Oue at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. In addition, Adrian Prabava also attended master classes with Jorma Panula, who became his mentor besides Kurt Masur and Bernard Haitink. Between 2006 and 2008 he was also Resident Conductor and Associate Music Director at the Theater & Philharmonie Thüringen in Germany, where he received critical acclaim for the production of Shostakovich’s operetta Moskva Cheremushki. Adrian Prabava also appeared at Komische Oper Berlin (Die Fledermaus; Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny), Theater Bonn (Hänsel und Gretel) and Theater Magdeburg (The Turn of the Screw).

In 2015/2016 Adrian Prabava conducted two major opera productions to great critical acclaim: Antonín Dvořak’s Rusalka at the Konzert Theater Bern and the revival of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin at Slovak National Theatre Bratislava.

Adrian Prabava made his international breakthrough in 2005, after his great success as finalist at the 49th International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon. He then became the assistant conductor of Kurt Masur at the Orchestre National de France in Paris from 2006 to 2008 and subsequently became the first beneficiary of the Bernard Haitink Fund for Young Talent in 2007. In this position he worked closely with Bernard Haitink as assistant conductor at the Het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest in Amsterdam until 2010.