Lukáš Vondráček

Sunday, March 27, 2022 – 3:00 PM

Mairs Concert Hall, Macalester College

“Lukáš Vondráček is a pianist in the grand style who can dazzle with his impeccable technique, amaze with the richness and depth of his sound and enchant with his delicacy and finesse in softer passages.”

—Seen and Heard International

Photo by Pavel Šinágl

Due to Covid-related restrictions on audience size, this concert is now sold out. To put your name on a waiting list for tickets, leave a message at 612-822-0123.

Tickets previously issued for Rafał Blechacz will be honored for Lukáš Vondráček.

PROGRAM

SCHUBERT  Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

Intermission

SCHUMANN  Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Arabeske, Op. 18

To replace Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz, whose US tour was cancelled because of Covid-related complications, we are pleased to bring back the sensational Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček.

Lukáš Vondráček, born in 1986 in Opava, Czech Republic, gave his first public performance at the age of four. As a fifteen-year-old in 2002 he made his debut with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, which was followed by a US and European tour. Further recognition came in a long list of major competitions, among them first prizes at the Hilton Head and San Marino International Competitions, the Unisa International Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, and the Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award at the 2009 Van Cliburn. Topping off his competition awards, Lukáš became the indisputable and unanimous winner of the Grand Prix at the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Lukáš received his Artist Diploma with Honors from Boston's New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Hung-Kuan Chen. In addition to playing recitals in top venues across the globe, he has worked extensively with a pantheon of leading conductors, among them Paavo Järvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hrůša, Anu Tali, Xian Zhang, Krzysztof Urbański, and Elim Chan. Lukáš’ busy 2021-22 season includes debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and a return to the Baltimore and Chicago symphony orchestras under the baton of Marin Alsop. He is also touring and in the process of recording all the Rachmaninoff concertos with the Prague Symphony Orchestra led by Jakub Hrůša. This will be Lukáš’ third appearance on our series, following highly memorable recitals in 2012 and 2014.

“…a pianist of immense gifts and unwavering intensity.”

—Sydney Morning Herald

“Pianist Lukáš Vondráček is the master of perfectly voiced textures.”

—The Straits Times

Notice Concerning COVID-19 Safety Protocols:Admittance to the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center and Mairs Concert Hall will require proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours. Masks will also be required by all attendees and staff. A ticket holder who cannot comply with these protocols may request a refund by calling or e-mailing the Chopin Society. Audience size will be limited to 60% capacity.

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