Lukáš Vondráček PIANO

"...He drew the finest possible lines and added bell-like sounds as soft as butter, allowing the disparate compositional elements to become part of a greater whole. It comes as no surprise that this young musician is recognized as one of the greatest pianistic talents of our times.” - Stuttgarter Zeitung, April 2012

Lukáš Vondráček made his first public appearance at the age of four. After studies at the Academy of Music in Katowice and the Vienna Conservatoire, Vondráček is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at Boston's New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Hung-Kuan Chen. His natural and assured musicality, plus a remarkable technical ability, mark him out as a gifted and mature musician who has long laid the cornerstone for a major career.  He has worked with conductors including Paavo Järvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Marin Alsop, Zdenek Macal, Pietari Inkinen, Vasily Petrenko, Jakob Hrusa, Christoph Poppen and Anu Tali.

Performing regularly in concerto and recital appearances, Vondráček has performed in Paris's Cité de la Musique, Brussels' Palais des Beaux Arts, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Zurich's Tonhalle, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, BBC Belfast Festival, Festival La Roque d’Anthéron, Gilmore Festival, Ravinia Rising Stars Series and ‘The Next Generation’ Festival in Dortmund. He gave his UK recital debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the International Piano Series, where he was the youngest pianist featured in its history.

Highlights of this season include concerts with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. He will give recitals in Munich, at the Washington Performing Arts Society, Wigmore Hall London and at the Waidhofen Klangräume Festival in Austria.

In May 2002 Vondráček made his debut with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy with concerts in Prague and Italy, followed by a major US tour in 2003 and concerts in Cologne, Vienna, Lucerne and Birmingham. He went on to work with orchestras such as the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic orchestras, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Sydney Symphony and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Vondráček has also performed with Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, the Gulbenkian, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and Royal Scottish National Orchestras. Further afield he has performed with the Australian Youth and Iceland Symphony orchestras, as well as the Baltimore, Washington, Cincinnati, Colorado symphony orchestra.

In February 2012 Lukáš Vondráček won the first prize of the 12th Unisa International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, and received the Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award at the 2009 International Van Cliburn Piano Competition. His first commercial recording, a solo album for Octavia records featuring works by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Janáček and Dohnányi, was released in 2004.

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