Lukáš Vasilek has been the Principal Conductor of the Prague Philharmonic Choir since 2007.
With the choir>Lukáš Vasilek has been the principal conductor of the Prague Philharmonic Choir since 2007.
In addition to the preparation and management of individual concerts, he prepares the ensemble for participation in large cantata, oratorio and opera projects. He cooperates with the world’s leading conductors - e.g. Daniel Barenboim, Jiří Bělohlávek, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Zubin Mehta; and orchestras, e.g. Berliner Philharmoniker, Czech Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Wiener Symphoniker.
Since 2010 he has regularly performed with the choir at the Bregenzer Festspiele opera festival.
The performances of the Prague Philharmonic Choir under his leadership are captured on many CDs issued, for example, by Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, Neos, Oehms Classics and Supraphon.
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Lukáš Vasilek studied conducting at the Academy of Music in Prague, and musicology at Charles University´s Faculty of Arts. He first came into the focus of attention in 2005 when, at the age of 25, he received the Choirmaster Junior Award from the Czech Choral Union. Two years later, he became principal choirmaster of one of the Czech Republic´s leading music institutions, the Prague Philharmonic Choir. Notwithstanding his youth, he had by then already accumulated copious experience in the field of choral conducting. Between 1998 and 2009, he stood at the helm of the Foerster Choral Society with which he scored triumphs in several international competitions (at Klaipeda, Lithuania, 2003, and Vienna, 2006), along with gathering experience as associate choirmaster, from 2005–2007, of the choir of the National Theatre in Prague.
With the Prague Philharmonic Choir, he has been involved not only in shaping its programme of one-off concert productions, but also in work on larger-scale cantata, oratorio and opera projects for which the choir receives regular invitations from music institutions in this country and beyond. There, Lukáš Vasilek has enjoyed numerous opportunities to work with internationally renowned conductors (e.g., Daniel Barenboim, Jiří Bělohlávek, Christoph Eschenbach, Fabio Luisi or Sir Simon Rattle, among others) and orchestras (including notably the Czech Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, or the Vienna Symphony Orchestra).
Critics have long been unanimous in their appraisal of Lukáš Vasilek´s exceptional contribution to the artistic profile of the Prague Philharmonic Choir. Today, eight years into his tenure as the choir´s artistic director, the PPC is commended for technical perfection, convincingness of expression, and stylistic versatility (Hudební rozhledy magazine, 03/2015), and its conductor receives plaudits for his musicality and profound feeling (Czech Radio – Vltava, Mosaic, Feb. 6, 2015). The PPC maintains regular working relations with Czech Radio, apart from which it has made recordings for the WDR and Bavarian Radio in Germany. It has to its credit a long list of CD recordings for major labels (Supraphon, Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, and others), including both its own projects, and participation in solo albums of prominent soloists (Anna Netrebko, Sumi Jo, and others).
In 2010, Lukáš Vasilek was at the inception, as one of its co-founders, of the Martinů Voices chamber choir with which he has focused chiefly on a repertoire of 20th- and 21st-century music. With that vocal ensemble, whose art can already be appreciated on several CDs, he has appeared at most of the Czech Republic´s major festivals, including the Prague Spring. Earlier this year, the Martinů Voices chamber choir, along with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and its principal conductor, Jiří Bělohlávek, were nominated for the International Opera Award in the Rediscovered Work category, for their production of Bohuslav Martinů´s opera What Men Live By.