Following recent debuts with the Chicago, Pittsburgh and London symphony orchestras, Lukáš Vondráček has a season packed with highlights ahead of him. In 2021-22, he will debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl and return to renowned orchestras such as Baltimore and Chicago symphonies, both under the baton of Marin Alsop. Elsewhere, Vondráček will appear with Orchestre National de Lille, conducted by Lionel Bringuier; the Warsaw Philharmonic, as well as the Turku and Malmö symphony orchestras.
Recital projects will take him to the Rudolf Firkusny Piano Festival at Prague’s Rudolfinum and the Kissinger Summer Festival. He will take his residency with the Janáček Philharmonic into the next season and continue his recording cycle of all Rachmaninov piano concertos with Prague Symphony Orchestra.
Over the last decade, Vondráček has traveled the world, working with ensembles such as the Philadelphia, Tasmanian and Sydney symphony orchestras, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Symphony Radio Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and Netherlands Philharmonic 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 the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, PianoEspoo in Finland, Prague Spring Festival and Lille Piano Festival.
At the age of 4, Vondráček gave his first public appearance. As a 15-year-old in 2002, he made his debut with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, which was followed by a major U.S. tour in 2003. His natural and assured musicality and remarkable technique have long marked him 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, Vondráček obtained an artist diploma from Boston's New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Hung-Kuan Chen, graduating with honors in 2012.