Czech pianist to perform in Bloemfontein


The renowned Czech-born pianist Lukáš Vondrácek will grace Bloemfontein audiences with a piano recital in the Odeion on 6 March.

Vondrácek made his first public appearance at the age of four. After studies at the Academy of Music in Katowice and the Vienna Conservatoire, he expanded his musical training, obtaining an Artist Diploma at Boston’s New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Hung-Kuan Chen, graduating with Honours in 2012. His natural and assured musicality, plus a remarkable technical ability, mark him out as a gifted and mature musician who has long laid the cornerstone for a major career. He has worked with conductors including Paavo Järvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Zdenek Mácal, Pietari Inkinen, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hruša, Christoph Poppen, Anu Tali and Jesús López-Cobos.

A regular performer in both concerto and recital appearances, Vondrácek has performed in Cité de la Musique in Paris, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Tonhalle, Zürich, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall in New York, Washington Performing Arts Society, Konzerthaus Wien, Festival La Roque d’Anthéron, Gilmore Festival and Ravinia Rising Stars Series. He gave his UK recital debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the International Piano Series, becoming the youngest pianist to have featured in this series.

His debut as a fifteen-year-old in 2002 with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy in Prague and Italy was followed by a major US tour in 2003 and concerts in Cologne, Vienna, Lucerne and Birmingham.

Vondrácek will be performing Mozart’s Sonata No. 10 in C major, K.330, Smetana’s Three Czech Dances (Furiant, Hulán, Cibuli?ka), Dohnanyi’s Capriccio from Four Pieces, Op. 4 No. 2, Suk’s Piano Pieces, Op. 7 ("No. 1 Love Song", "No. 4 Little
Idylls") and Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 in his concert that starts at 19:30 in Bloemfontein.

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