Born in Prague in 1991, Jiří Rožeň studied conducting at conservatoires and universities in Prague, Salzburg, Hamburg, Zürich and Glasgow where he was Leverhulme Conducting Fellow. He was successful in Salzburg and London as the Finalist of both the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition. Formerly Assistant Conductor at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jiří worked alongside Donald Runnicles and Thomas Dausgaard, assisting them at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival.
Last season, Jiří conducted several productions at the Prague State Opera including the successful new production of Schulhoff’s Flammen, his first Rusalka and a double bill of Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with Schoenberg’s Erwartung. In summer 2022, he also conducted Nono’s Prometeo, for the Czech premiere of the work with the Ostrava Centre for New Music. During his time in Scotland, he conducted Stravinsky’s Mavra, Walton’s _The Bear and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.
As a passionate and knowledgeable advocate of Czech music, Rožeň regularly programmes standard Czech repertoire, as well as music by lesser-known works by contemporary composers such as Bohuslav Martinů, Josef Suk, Viktor Kalabis and Miloslav Kabeláč.
Randall Goosby signed exclusively to Decca Classics in 2020 at the age of 24. June 2021 saw the release of Goosby’s debut album for Decca entitled Roots. It features three world-premiere recordings of music written by African-American composer Florence Price, and includes works by composers William Grant Still and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.
Goosby made his debut with the Jacksonville Symphony at age nine and with the New York Philharmonic on a Young People’s Concert at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall at age 13. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Goosby continues his studies there, pursuing an Artist Diploma under Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. Goosby plays a 1735 Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu, on generous loan from the Stradivari Society.
Goosby was First Prize Winner in the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In 2019, he was named the inaugural Robey Artist by Young Classical Artists Trust in partnership with Music Masters in London; and in 2020 he became an Ambassador for Music Masters. An active chamber musician, he has spent his summers studying at the Perlman Music Program, Verbier Festival Academy and Mozarteum Summer Academy.