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)

Adrian Prabava’s Highlights of the season 2016-17 include his debuts with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Bursa State Symphony Orchestra, Saarland State Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. Return engagements include the Antalya Symphony Orchestra, Athens State Orchestra, Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and the Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya.

Adrian Prabava gave his conducting debuts in the recent seasons with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Festival Strings Lucerne, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Jaroslawl State Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg,  Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto Casa da Música, Oslo Philharmonic, Philharmonischen Orchester Erfurt, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck and the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen.

In the previous season Adrian Prabava was involved in two major opera productions: Antonín Dvoƙak’s Rusalka at the Konzert Theater Bern and the revival of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin at Slovak National Theatre Bratislava.

Adrian Prabava studied violin at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold and conducting with Eiji Oue at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. In addition, he also attended master classes with Jorma Panula, who became his mentor besides Kurt Masur and Bernard Haitink. Between 2006 and 2008 Adrian Prabava 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. He 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).
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 Talents in 2007. In this position he worked closely with Bernard Haitink as assistant conductor at the Het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest in Amsterdam until 2010.