Lukáš Vasilek

Lukáš Vasilek graduated in Music Science at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague, and conducting at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Music Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. In 1998 he became choirmaster of the Foerster Chamber Vocal Association and under his leadership the choir has performed in more than 150 concerts at home and abroad. During this time they have enjoyed success in various competitions. No less interesting were their recording activities for Czech Television, Czech Radio and realisation of several CDs. For the outstanding achievements with this choir Lukáš in 2005 was voted the „Choirmaster-Junior from the Union of the Czech Vocal Choirs. In 2005-2007 became the second choirmaster of the choir of the National Theatre (C. Donizetti – Don Pasquale, T. Veidl – Die Kleinstädter, W. A. Mozart – La clemenza di Tito, B. Smetana – Hubička). In the last couple of years he, beside the choir, has also conducted several Czech symphony orchestras. In 2006 based on previous achievements he got an invitation of cooperation from Prague Philharmonic Choir (PPC). His debut as a new choirmaster of PPC was in G. F. Händel - Messiah with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) in Prague Rudolfinum. The other concerts with CPO followed with very positive references regarding Lukas`s work. Based on these successes Lukas in March 2007 was named the principal choirmaster. Beside preparation and conducting of independent concerts with a repertoire ranging from an early to contemporary music he prepares great oratorium, cantata and opera projects where choir collaborates with foremost Czech and world famous conductors and orchestras. During his first year with PPC his the most significant projects were concerts with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and its principal conductor Zdeněk Mácal in Prague and on concert tour in Spain. The part of this tour was performance of Dvorak`s Requiem with Valencia Orchestra led by Walter Weller. He also prepared Lorin Maazel`s opera 1984 based on George Orwell novel for Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain. Amongst other great challenges belonged concert in France with Czech a cappella repertoire, Prague concert with Russian National Symphony Orchestra led by Valerij Poljansky, concerts of Dvorak`s Requiem with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Nicola Luisotti and the concert performance of the opera „Le dernier Jour d`un condamné“ by David Alagna at Palau de les Arts Valencia with starry cast led by Franck Villard or a Kabbalistic drama Golem 13 by George Whyte, set to music by Noam Sheriff with the Orchestra of National Theatre Opera. Update: June 2009