“Pianist Lukas Vondracek is the master of perfectly voiced textures”(The Straits Times, June 2015)
Following recent highlights such as collaborations with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Boston Symphony and London Symphony orchestras, the 2022/23 season sees Lukáš Vondráček work with renowned orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Sympony Orchestra and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra amongst many others. He will also return to long term partners such as Saarbrücken State Orchestra, Janacáček Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège. Recital engagements lead him to the Flanders Festival, Flagey in Brussels for their Piano Days Festival and to Luzern’s KKL as part of the “Le Piano Symphonique” Festival before the season ends with performances together with the Ensemble 1704 under Vaclav Luks at the “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in Warsaw and the Beethovenfest Bonn.
Over the last decade Lukáš Vondráček has travelled the world working with orchestras such as the Philadelphia and Sydney Symphony orchestras, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Symphony Radio Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and Netherlands Philharmonic orchestras under conductors such as 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, among many others.
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, foremost the Grand Prix at the 2016 Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels alongside 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.
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.
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“Vondráček’s tendency to play extremely soft, as in the returning theme of the first movement, made everyone sit up, especially when his pianism blended with Chan’s lavish orchestral accompaniment and was opposed to his own impetuous bursts of fast and loud passagework.“
“Pianist Lukas Vondracek is the master of perfectly voiced textures”
“27-year-old Czech pianist Lukas Vondráček and conductor Anu Tali collaborated on a brilliant reading of Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” bringing out inner voices and colors that made this work seem reborn. There were ripples of humor, stretches of passion and intense musicality that delineated the kind of music-making generally relegated to the best of chamber performances.”
“Lukáš Vondráček 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.”