12th IMF KH programme – 8th concert
Friday / June 7 / 7:30 p.m. / Church of St. Barbara
LUKÁŠ VONDRÁČEK – Piano Recital
Lukáš Vondráček – piano
It has been several years now since pianist Lukáš Vondráček ceased to be regarded as a natural phenomenon inspiring awe for his precocious pianistic achievement, extricated himself from the confines of the child prodigy label, and stepped into a world where skills are measured on a grownup scale. And to be sure, he made it there as well: the three dozen countries of the six continents that he has toured, as well as the names of the orchestras, conductors and concert halls he has become associated with are eloquent proof of this. Lukáš Vondráček has been applauded by audiences in some of the world´s major venues, including the Sydney Opera House, Tokyo´s Suntory Hall, London´s Royal Festival Hall, Madrid´s Auditorio Nacional, Amsterdam´s Concertgebouw, the Sala São Paulo, Paris´ Cité de la Musique, Brussels´ Palais des Beaux Arts, Vienna´s Konzerthaus, or London´s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall. He has earned critical plaudits everywhere for his tone culture, flawless precision, and profound emotionality.
The roster of orchestras with which he has worked is impressive, not excepting the BBC Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, or NHK Symphony Orchestra, to name only some of them. He has played under the batons of Paavo Järvi, Marin Alsop, Vassily Sinaisky, Gianandrea Noseda and others.
While still a child he won several international contests, and is one of only few artists to have received awards from the world´s two largest competitions: prize of the jury from the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, and a sensational triumph from the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
He made his first public appearance at the age of four, and as a ten-year-old toured in the USA. His debut CD was released at the time of his eleventh birthday, and in the following year he became a student of the Ostrava University. He subsequently went on to further his piano art, whose foundations had been laid by his parents, at the Vienna Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Those who might expect an encounter with an overbearing celebrity would be most pleasantly surprised: for Lukáš Vondráček, music is the most important thing in life; he lives for music and his sole ambition is to pass it on to others.
Dita Hradecká / translation: Ivan Vomáčka