Biography

Described by Prof. 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 Prof. Leoš Svárovský at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he achieved his Master’s Degree in Conducting. During the period he has also accomplished his Erasmus Exchange at The Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Cracow where he studied with Prof. Rafał Jacek Delekta and Prof. Tadeusz Strugała. After the university studies he continued in his musical formation with Prof. 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). In the UK he attended Conducting Masterclasses of Prof. Mark Heron at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

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, Radio-Television Symphony Orchestra Belgrade, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra Bratislava, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Košice, Sinfonietta Bratislava, State Chamber Orchestra Žilina – Slovak Sinfonietta, Beethoven Academy Orchestra Kraków, Tadeusz Baird State Philharmonic Zielona Góra, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, North-Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Teplice, Academic Chamber Soloists Prague, ArtLink Young Virtuosi, Croatian Chamber Orchestra Zagreb and others. Engagements in the field of Opera include collaborations as an Assistant and a Guest Conductor with institutions such as Slovak National Theatre Bratislava and State Theatre Košice. 

As an Assistant Conductor Lukáš has worked 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. Among the top-class instrumentalists he has collaborated with so far are personalities such as Maestra Julia Fischer, Maestro Roman Patkoló and Maestra Agata Szymczewska.

Apart from the common symphonic repertoire, Lukáš’s special interest lies in works of Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Significant part of his repertoire portfolio is built on symphonic and operatic works of Suchoň, Cikker, Martinů and Janáček. Among his preferred contemporary music composition styles are those of Penderecki, Pärt, Vasks, Zeljenka and Kancheli. He also enjoys performing Film Music and welcomes an alternative repertoire.