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Lukáš Vasilek

Lukáš Vasilek studied conducting and musicology. Since 2007, he has been the principal conductor of the Prague Philharmonic Choir, with his work entailing exploration and performance of a cappella repertoire, as well as the ensemble’s preparation for singing in great cantata, oratorio and opera projects, in collaboration with major orchestras and conductors. Lukáš Vasilek has guided the PPC in the majority of its activities in the Czech Republic and abroad, cooperating with world-renowned conductors (over the past few years, they have included Semyon Bychkov, Manfred Honeck, Jakub Hrůša, Philippe Jordan, Fabio Luisi, Tomáš Netopil, Gianandrea Noseda and Sir Simon Rattle, Alan Gilbert) and orchestras (among others, Berliner Philharmoniker, the Czech Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker).

Besides leading the Prague Philharmonic Choir, Lukáš Vasilek has pursued other artistic activities. In addition to occasional returns to his original field, orchestral conducting, he has regularly worked with Martinů Voices, a vocal ensemble he founded in 2010.

As a conductor or choirmaster, he has participated in numerous recordings the PPC has made for prestigious labels, including Decca Classics and Supraphon. In recent years, Lukáš Vasilek has systematically devoted to recording Bohuslav Martinů’s choral music. His albums met with great international critical response and received prestigious awards from Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and Diapason.

Since 2021, Lukáš Vasilek has been a professor of choir conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In 2022, he was a guest conductor of the French choir Accentus. In the 2022/2023 season, he and the PPC will focus on the repertoire of their choral concerts including the works of Bohuslav Martinů, Luboš Fišer, and Benjamin Britten. He will also prepare the choir for a series of performances with the Czech Philharmonic at renowned festivals.