Biography

Described by Maestro Kurt Masur as ‘outstanding, talented and very inspiring’ Lukáš Pohůnek is one of the emerging conductors of his generation. He was born into a musicians’ family in Žilina in October 1988. There he later attended Music Conservatory and graduated in Trumpet Performance in the class of his father Jan Pohůnek. Following that he attended classes of Maestro Leoš Svárovský at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he achieved his Master’s Degree in Orchestral and Choral Conducting. After the university studies he continued in his musical education with Maestro Kurt Masur at Manhattan School of Music in New York City (MSM Special Programmes - Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar) and at Mendelssohn House & Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Foundation in Leipzig (International Mendelssohn Academy).

So far he has developed a strong guest-conducting profile and has collaborated with orchestras such as London Philharmonic Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia London, MSM Symphony Orchestra New York, Leipziger Symphonieorchester, Serbian Radio-Television Symphony Orchestra Belgrade, Croatian Chamber Orchestra Zagreb, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra Bratislava, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Košice, Sinfonietta Bratislava, State Chamber Orchestra Žilina – Slovak Sinfonietta, Tadeusz Baird State Philharmonic Zielona Góra, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava and North-Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Teplice.

Engagements in the opera field include collaborations as an Assistant and a Guest Conductor with organisations such as Slovak National Theatre Bratislava and State Theatre Košice. In April 2020 he was supposed to make his début with the orchestra of State Opera Banská Bystrica accompanying the finalists of the International Rudolf Petrák Singing Competition.

As an Assistant Conductor Lukáš has worked so far with Maestros Vladimir Jurowski, James Judd, Oliver von Dohnányi, Rastislav Štúr and Karol Kevický. In 2016 he made his debut with Oltenia State Philharmonic in Craiova within „EUROPA SEASON“ as the youngest guest conductor of all then twenty-eight EU Countries. Since 2017 he has collaborated with top-instrumentalists such as Maestra Julia Fischer, Maestro Roman Patkoló and Maestra Agata Szymczewska.

Lukáš performs mostly works by German & Russian Composers of Romanticism as well as works by 20th & 21st Century Composers. Significant part of his repertoire consists of symphonic and operatic pieces written by Suchoň, Cikker, Janáček, Martinů, Dvořák and Smetana. His list of preferred living composers includes names Pärt, Vasks and Kancheli. He also use to perform Film Music and welcomes an alternative repertoire.