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)

Recent debuts have taken German-Indonesian conductor Adrian Prabava to the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Osaka), NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Odense Symfoniorkester, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia. In the 2019/2020 season, Prabava will return to the Athens State Orchestra, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. The current season also sees debuts with the Chamber Orchestra of Luxembourg, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali, Orchestre National de Metz, Orchestre National de Lille and the WDR Funkhausorchester.
After his great success at the 49th International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon in 2005, Kurt Masur named him as his assistant at the Orchestre National de France in Paris from 2006 to 2009. He 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.
As an opera conductor he conducted a great number of repertoire during his term as Resident Conductor and Associate Music Director at the Theater & Philharmonie Thüringen in Germany. For the production of Shostakovich’s operetta Moskva Cheremushki he received critical acclaim. 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). More recently, 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 has worked previously with orchestras such as the Athens State Orchestra, Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern Festival Strings Lucerne, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Scottish National Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel and Stavanger Symphony.


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.