Born in Moscow in 1945, Michail Jurowski is the son of the composer Wladimir Jurowski and grandson of the conductor David Block. His sons Vladimir and Dmitri are also internationally renowned conductors. Michail Jurowski grew up in the circle of internationally acclaimed artists of the former Soviet Union such as Ojstrach, Rostropovitch, Kogan, Gilels, and Chatchaturjan. Dmitri Shostakovich was a close family friend and he and Michail not only spoke often but would also play four-hand piano pieces together. Such experiences had a huge influence on the young musician and it is therefore no coincidence that today Michail Jurowski is one of the leading interpreters of Shostakovich’s music. In 2012 Michail Jurowski was awarded the third International Shostakovich Prize by the Shostakovich Gohrisch Foundation.
Michail Jurowski was educated at the Moscow Conservatoire, where he studied conducting under Leo Ginsburg and music science under Alexei Kandinsky. During his studies he assisted Gennady Rozhdestvensky at the National Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Moscow. While still a resident in Russia, he conducted the Music Theatre of Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko in Moscow and during his last years in the Soviet Union frequently conducted performances at the Bolshoi Theatre.
From 1978 Michail Jurowski was regular guest conductor at the Komische Oper Berlin and in 1989 he left the USSR with his family after accepting permanent post with the Dresden Semperoper. Other titled positions have included: General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra; Chief Conductor of Leipzig Opera; Chief Conductor of WDR Rundfunkorchester in Cologne; Principal Conductor of German Opera Berlin (Deutsche oper Berlin); Principal Guest Conductor of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
As a guest conductor Michail Jurowski has led the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, King capelle Copenhagen, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porta Casa da Música and São Paulo Symphony. Since 1995 he has enjoyed very close relationships with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Norrkoping
Symphony Orchestra where he has conducted each season. In addition he is Principal Guest Conductor of the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (Ostrava, Czech Republic) and Sinfonia Iuventus (Warsaw, Poland).
Recent highlights have included appearances with the London, Warsaw and St Petersburg philharmonic orchestras, Moscow State symphonic orchestra (‘Svetlanov’ Orchestra). He also conducted the Dresden Staatskapelle at the International Shostakovich Festival in Gohrisch, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Lübeck Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic’s New Year’s concerts, the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria, the Norwegian Opera Orchestra and Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. The 15/16 Opera and Ballet season saw a return to the Bolshoi with Prokofiev‘s Fiery Angel, Pique Dame, Eugene Onegin for Malmö Opera, revival of the lauded Romeo and Juliet with Zurich Opera, La Scala Milan with Cinderella and Swan Lake (new productions).
The upcoming 16/17 season includes The Fiery Angel with Staatsoper Munich and Swan Lake at La Scala, as well as concerts with the Belgrade Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, King Capelle Copenhagen, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava and Sinfonia Iuventus in Warsaw.
Besides televised concerts and radio recordings in Stuttgart, Cologne, Dresden, Oslo, Norrköping, Hannover and Berlin, Maestro Jurowski has recorded with Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and has conducted various CD recordings, including film music, Shostakovich’s opera The Gamblers, Shostakovich’s entire vocal symphonic pieces, Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Christmas Eve, as well as orchestral pieces by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Reznicek, Meyerbeer, Lehár, Kálmán, Nicolai, Rangström, Pettersen-Berger, Grieg, Svensen, Kantcheli and many others.
In 1992 and 1996 Jurowski won the German Record Critics’ Prize and in 2001 he received a Grammy nomination for 3 CD productions of Orchestral Music by Rimsky-Korsakov with the RSB Orchestra.