Semyon Bychov Extends Contract with Czech Philharmonic

By Francisco Salazar

Semyon Bychov has signed a new contract with the Czech Philharmonic extending his stay with the organization until 2028.

The news was announced prior to the opening of the Czech Philharmonic 127th season by Chief Executive David Mareček.

Bychov has been with the orchestra since 2018 as its Chief Conductor and Music Director and began his tenure in Prague and tour to celebrate 100 years of Czechoslovak Independence. The following year, The Tchaikovsky Project, marking the culmination of Bychkov’s and the Orchestra’s 4-year focus on Tchaikovsky’s symphonic works, was released by Decca Classics.

This April, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, the first of a new Mahler symphonic cycle was released by PENTATONE and a couple of months later, the Czech Philharmonic was nominated for Gramophone’s 2022 “Orchestra of the Year.”

At the beginning of September, Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic celebrated the Czech Republic’s EU Council Presidency with a special concert held on a stage floating on the Vltava River. The concert was streamed internationally on ARTE and watched at home on Czech TV by record numbers.

The opening night concert was broadcast live on Czech TV and was streamed by Mezzo Live.