Faculty

LUKÁŠ VONDRÁČEK

°Czech Republic, 1986

1st Prize of the International Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition, 2016

Soloist with world renowned orchestras like the London Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony & Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra

Studied at the Katowice & Vienna Conservatories before obtaining his Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory in Boston (USA).





BIOGRAPHY

Following recent debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh,Tokyo Metropolitan and Frankfurt Radio symphony orchestras as well as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Lukáš Vondráček has a season packed with highlights ahead of him.

In 2020/21, the indisputable winner of the 2016 International Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition will perform with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Japan Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Turku Philharmonic and Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the Czech pianist is Artist in residence at the Dvořák Festival in Prague and with the Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava. Important recital dates will take him to the KKL in Lucerne or the Rudolfinum in Prague.

Over the last decade Lukáš Vondráček has travelled the world working with orchestras such as the Philadelphia, Baltimore, Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony orchestras, Philharmonia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and Netherlands Philharmonic orchestras. Recitals have led him to Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, the Flagey in Brussels, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Wiener Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and to renowned festivals such as Menuhin Festival Gstaad, PianoEspoo in Finland, Prague Spring Festival and Lille Piano Festival.

At the age of four Lukáš Vondráček made his first public appearance. As a fifteen-year-old in 2002 he made his debut with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy which was followed by a major US tour in 2003. His natural and assured musicality and remarkable technique have long marked him out as a gifted and mature musician. He has achieved worldwide recognition by receiving many international awards including first prizes at the Hilton Head and San Marino International Piano Competitions and Unisa International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as the Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award at the 2009 International Van Cliburn Piano Competition.

Lukáš Vondráček worked with conductors including Paavo Järvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Pietari Inkinen, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hrůša, Anu Tali, Xian Zhang, Krzysztof Urbański, Stéphane Denève and Elim Chan.

After finishing his studies at the Academy of Music in Katowice and the Vienna Conservatoire, Lukáš Vondráček obtained an Artist Diploma from Boston’s New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Hung-Kuan Chen, graduating with honours in 2012.