Lukáš Vondráček Biography
"...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, he expanded his musical training, obtaining an Artist Diploma at Boston's New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Hung-Kuan Chen, and graduating with Honours in 2012. 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, Christoph Eschenbach, Zdeněk Mácal, Pietari Inkinen, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hrůša, Christoph Poppen, Anu Tali and Jesús López-Cobos.
Highlights of this season include concerts with the Sarasota, New Jersey and Charlotte Symphony orchestras in the US, Sydney and West Australian Symphony Orchestras in Australia and the Philharmonia Orchestra in Europe. Additionally, Vondráček will perform recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London and Casa da Música in Porto as well as Prague Spring and Klangraum Waidhofen series.
A regular performer in both concerto and recital appearances, Vondráček has performed in Cité de la Musique, in Paris, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Tonhalle, Zürich, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall in New York, Washington Performing Arts Society, Konzerthaus Wien, Festival La Roque d’Anthéron, Gilmore Festival and Ravinia Rising Stars Series. He gave his UK recital debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the International Piano Series, becoming the youngest pianist to have featured in this series.
His debut as a fifteen-year-old in 2002 with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy in Prague and Italy was followed by a major US tour in 2003 and concerts in Cologne, Vienna, Lucerne and Birmingham. He then 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, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, the Gulbenkian, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and Royal Scottish National orchestras, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore, Washington, Cincinnati and Colorado Symphony orchestras.
International awards include first prize 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. His first commercial recording, a solo album for Octavia records featuring works by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Janáček and Dohnányi, was released in 2004, followed by a second recording in 2012 for TwoPianists Records, featuring works by Haydn, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.