The indisputable winner of the International Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in 2016, Lukáš Vondráček made his first public appearance at the age of four. Born in Opava, Czech Republic, in 1986, his musical ability was spotted at the age of two by his parents, both professional pianists. His debut as a fifteen-year-old in 2002 with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy was followed by a major US tour in 2003. His natural and assured musicality and remarkable technical ability have long marked him out as a gifted and mature musician.
Lukáš Vondráček has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, as well as the Luxemburg Orchestra and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent recitals have taken Lukáš to London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and major halls in Hong Kong, Brazil, India, Leipzig, Prague, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Washington, and Boston.
In addition to winning the first prize in the International Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in 2016, his international awards include 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.
His first commercial recording, a solo album for Octavia Records, was released in 2004 followed by another recital disc in 2012. His most recent CD, a recording of works by Brahms was released in autumn 2013 on the ORF label.
Awards & Recognition
2016 International Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition
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