Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek has been acclaimed as one of the “greatest pianistic talents of our times” (Stuttgarter Zeitung), “remarkably mature artist whose performances tempt the word perfect” (Cincinnati Post) and “superbly equipped pianist with an ability to maintain intensity of presentation at the white heat” (The West Australian).
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, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, the NHK Symphony, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi, St.Petersburg Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, National Taiwan Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Trondheim Symfoniokester, Wiener Symphoniker, Warsaw National Philharmonic as well as Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Colorado, Dallas, New Jersey and the National Symphony orchestras in the United States. He has also worked with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jiri
Belohlavek, Manfred Honeck, Pietari Inkinen, Paavo Järvi, Theodore Kuchar, Zdenek Macal, Vasily Petrenko, Krzysztof Urba?ski and Antoni Wit.
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, Palais des 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 international 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.