Biography

Lukáš Pohůnek belongs into the last generation of graduates of Maestro Kurt Masur. He has already developed strong guest-conducting profile and has performed with many leading orchestras. He collaborated with MSM Symphony Orchestra New York and Leipziger Symphonieorchester - with later one he made his debut-performance at Gewandhaus in Leipzig. He regularly collaborates with Slovak State Sinfonietta Žilina and from 2015 has been in collaboration with Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Košice as well as with Tadeusz Baird State Philharmonic Orchestra Zielona Góra. In 2015 he also served as an Assistant Conductor at Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava. In April 2016 he made his debut with State Philharmonic Orchestra „Oltenia“ within „EUROPA SEASON“ as the youngest guest conductor out of all the 28 countries of the European Union. His other debut engagements in 2016 & 2017 included appearances with RTS Symphony Orchestra Belgrade, State Theatre Košice, Sinfonietta Bratislava, ArtLink Mladi Virtuozi Belgrade and chamber orchestra Musica Classica Žilina.

In 2017/2018 season he made his U.K. debut serving as Assistant Conductor to London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski and Julia Fischer within main concert series of the LPO at Royal Festival Hall in London. Furthermore, in April 2018 Lukáš has been awarded with scholarship of Richard-Wagner-Stipendienstiftung in Bayreuth.

Lukáš comes of a family of professional musicians. Before his conducting studies, he graduated Conservatory of Žilina with degree in Trumpet Performance (under the supervision of his father Jan Pohůnek). He further achieved his education in Orchestral conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Leoš Svárovský and at the Academy of Music in Cracow with Rafał Delekta and Tadeusz Strugała. During his university studies Lukáš has also participated in classes at Accademia Musicale Chigiana with Gianluigi Gelmetti, at Lovro von Matačić Foundation with Colin Metters, at Royal Northern College of Music with Mark Heron, at Cracow’s Academy of Music with Alexander Liebreich and in The Art of Conducting seminar with George Pehlivanian. He served also as an assistant to Oliver von Dohnányi and was awarded with scholarships of Dvořák Society in London, Velehrad London Charity and Olga Havel Foundation in Prague.

In 2015 Lukáš participated in Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at Manhattan School of Music in New York and was later on personally invited by Maestro Masur to take part in the annual summer conducting school International Mendelssohn Academy Leipzig, led by Maestro himself. Furthermore, through this invitation he became the very first european conductor who was awarded a scholarship from Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Foundation & Mendelssohn House Leipzig related to this event. From the period when he studied with Maestro Masur is notable his audiorecording of the 3rd movement of Bruckner‘s 7th Symphony released by Bruckner Society of America when he shared the podium with Maestro.

Other European concert engagements include appearances with Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, Catalonia Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Orquestra de Cadaqués, North-Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Teplice, Beethoven Academy Orchestra Cracow, Croatian Chamber Orchestra Zagreb, Orchestra della Fondazione Bulgaria Classic Siena, Academic Chamber Soloists Prague and Moravian Sinfonietta Ostrava. As a solo-trumpet-player he performed with Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Zlín, Bratislava Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava and Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina.