Lukáš Vasilek, Principal Conductor of the Prague Philharmonic Choir (PPC), studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and musicology at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, in Prague. For eleven seasons from 1998 he was conductor of the Foerster Female Chamber Choir, and between 2005 and 2007 he was also second Choir Master of the Prague National Theatre's opera chorus.
He took up his post at the helm of the PPC in 2007. In addition to preparing and conducting the choir's own concert productions, he builds up the PPC's repertoire set for participation in larger-scale cantata, oratorio and opera projects, working with leading international conductors (Barenboim, Bělohlávek, Eschenbach, Honeck, Hrůša, Jordan, Luisi, Mehta and Rattle among others) and orchestras (including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Czech Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Wiener Symphoniker). Since 2010 the PPC under Vasilek's direction has made regular guest appearances at the opera festival in Bregenz (Austria).
Lukáš Vasilek has worked on numerous recordings made by the PPC for various major labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Sony Classical and Supraphon. In 2016 the last-mentioned of these released an album of Bohuslav Martinů's cantatas which was recently singled out for special plaudits by the prestigious British magazines Gramophone ("Editor's Choice"), and BBC Music Magazine ("Choral & Song Choice").
In 2010 Lukáš Vasilek formed the Martinů Voices chamber vocal ensemble, the repertoire of which he has focussed primarily on 20th and 21st century choral music. He is likewise occasionally active as an orchestra conductor.
Information for January 2018