Lukas VondracekCzech Republic

    Prize winner of Top of the World 2015 and World-wide piano superstar.

    Czech pianist who has been acclaimed as one of the “greatest pianistic talents of our times” (Stuttgarter Zeitung), and “remarkably mature artist whose performances tempt the word perfect” (Cincinnati Post).

    Since his debut at the age of 14 with the Czech Philharmonic, Lukas has performed with many of the world’s renowned orchestras, including BBC Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Helsinki Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and the National Symphony orchestras in the United States.

    Performing regularly in concerto and recital appearances,Vondracek has performed at Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., La Cite in Paris, Opera House in Sydney, Palaisdes Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Philharmonie in Berlin, Royal Festival Hall in London, Rudolfinum in Prague, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Symphony Center in Chicago, Tonhalle in Zurich, and in major cites throughout Europe, America, Asia,Australia and Africa. Festival highlights include Prague Spring, La Roque d’ Antheron, Gilmore, BBC Belfast and Boston Celebrity Series.

    Born in Opava, Czech Republic, in 1986, Lukas Vondracek’s musical ability was spotted at the age of two by his parents, both professional pianists. He gave his first concert at the age of 4, first international tour at the age of 10, and made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Issac Stern Auditorium at the age of 16. He moved to the U.S. in 2009 and received an Artist Diploma from Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Hung-Kuan Chen. His other teachers include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Peter Barcaba, Rudolf Bernatik and Andrzej Jasinsky. Now, 27, he has visited 35 different countries giving in excess of 1000 concerts.

    First prize winner at the Hilton Head, San Marino and UNISA inter- national piano competitions, Lukas is also recipient of the Raymond E.Buck Jury Discretionary Award at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Award for the most exceptional young artist in Europe.