The Kennedy Center

Lukáš Vondrácek


Lukáš Vondrá?ek's natural and assured musicality, plus a remarkable technical ability, mark him out as a gifted and mature musician who is building a major career. He has worked with conductors including Paavo Järvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Marin Alsop, Zdenek Macal, Pietari Inkinen, Vasily Petrenko, Christoph Poppen, and Anu Tali.

Highlights of the 2011-12 season include concerts with the Orchestre National de Belgique, BBC Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Further performances include the Wiesbaden Festspielhaus as part of the Burghofspiele Festival, and the Rudolfinum in Prague at the Dvo?ák Prague International Music Festival. He will also give recitals at the Celebrity Series Boston and with the Washington Performing Arts Society.

Vondrá?ek regularly performs a wide range of the concerto and recital repertoire. He has already appeared in recital at the Paris Cité de la Musique, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Tonhalle Zürich, 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 U.K. recital debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the International Piano Series, where he was the youngest pianist featured in its history.

In May 2002 Vondrá?ek made his debut with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy with concerts in Prague and Italy, followed by a major U.S. tour in 2003 and concerts in Cologne, Vienna, Lucerne and Birmingham. He went on to work with orchestras including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony; the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, BBC Philharmonic, Detroit, Baltimore and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras, as well as the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra.

At the 2009 International Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Lukáš Vondrá?ek received the Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award. His first commercial recording, a solo album for Octavia records featuring works by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Janá?ek, and Dohnányi, was released in 2004.

Vondrá?ek made his first public appearance at the age of four. In the intervening years has given many recitals and concerto performances throughout his home country of the Czech Republic as well as abroad. After studies at the Academy of Music in Katowice and the Vienna Conservatory, Vondrá?ek is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at Boston's New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Hung-Kuan Chen.

March 2012
Lukáš Vondrácek