Michail Vladimirovich Jurowski (born 25 December 1945, Moscow) is a Russian conductor and the son of composer Vladimir Michailovich Jurowski (1915-1972). He studied at theMoscow Conservatory with Lev Ginzburg and Alexey Kandinsky. He later worked at the Stanislavski Theatre and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Jurowski was assistant to Gennady Rozhdestvensky at the Moscow Radio SymphonyOrchestra.
In 1990 he and his family left Russia for Germany. From 1992 to 1997 Jurowski was music director and principalconductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Herford.
He conducted in 1995 the premiere recording of DmitriShostakovich's unfinished opera The Gamblers after Nikolai Gogol, completed by Krzysztof Meyer in 1981, sung inRussian by soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre.
From 1999, he served as Intendant of the Volkstheaters derHansestadt Rostock as well as the Norddeutsche Philharmonie am Volkstheater Rostock. He has been a guestconductor of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.
Juroswki has been active in Scandinavia with the orchestras in Malmö, Odense, and Copenhagen, and in Argentinawith the Buenos Aires Philharmonic in the Teatro Colón. From 1999 to 2001, he was principal conductor of the LeipzigOpera. Since 1 January 2006 he has been principal director of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne.
Jurowski and his wife have three children, Vladimir (born 1972), a conductor, Maria, a music teacher, and Dmitri (born1979), also a conductor.