MÁ VLAST - Guest Conductor: Misha Roháč
October 1, 2018
Misha Roháč studied conducting at the University of Toronto between 1993 and 2001 under Raffi Armenian. It was during this time that he began his long relationship with the Mississauga Symphony, first as a member of the trumpet section and later as Apprentice Conductor under John Barnum (1997-2001). Upon completing his studies he relocated to the Czech Republic, where his early tenures included positions with the Janáček Opera in Brno and the Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc. In 2004 he became the Music Director of the West-Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in Mariánské Lázně, a position he held for 7 seasons. During his time there, he conducted over 200 Symphonic concerts and 300 outdoor promenade concerts.
Since 2011, Misha has been guest conducting in the Czech Republic and Germany with prestigious ensembles such as the Prague Philharmonia, the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra Prague, the Thüringer Symphoniker in Germany and the Slovak Radio Symphony in Bratislava, with whom he recorded a CD of modern works for NAXOS in May of 2018.
Throughout his time in Europe, Misha has made frequent return visits to the Toronto area and considers himself fortunate in having maintained a close personal and working relationship with both John Barnum and Denis Mastromonaco. In the past 15 years, Misha has conducted Sibelius’ 2nd and 3rd Symphonies with the MSO, along with a concert of Czech music featuring Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. Recently, Maestro Mastromonaco has also featured Misha’s original works on MSO programs, notably “Pilvikohtaus” and “Uncertainty”.
Misha's performance of Má Vlast, a staple of Czech symphonic repertoire, will be his ninth time through the complete cycle. He would like to express his gratitude to the musicians of the MSO and its audience alike for taking on this challenging work and looks forward to sharing this important Czech cultural landmark with all present on October 13.