Václav Luks

He studied French horn and harpsichord at Pilsen Conservatory and Prague Academy of Performing Arts, then honed his skills in the performance of early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and in period keyboard instruments and historical performance practice with Jörg-Andreas Bötticher and Jesper Bøje Christensen. In 2005, after touring the world as horn soloist of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, he transformed Collegium 1704 into a Baroque orchestra and founded Collegium Vocale 1704. He has done a great deal to promote the music of Czech composers such as Jan Dismas Zelenka and Josef Mysliveček. In 2008, he founded the concert series Music Bridge Prague – Dresden, and in 2012 a concert series with Collegium 1704 at Prague’s Rudolfinum, focussing on the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century vocal literature. In 2015, the two projects were fused into a single concert season, held in Prague and Dresden. Luks also works with other renowned ensembles, such as La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging and the Dresdner Kammerchor. He has made orchestral and solo recordings for numerous labels, including Accent, Supraphon and Zig-Zag Territoires. For the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, he has made the world’s first DVD recording of Gaetano Donizetti’s Requiem on period instruments, in the series ‘The Romantic Requiem in front of Chopin’s Heart’. Last year, he recorded Jan Stefani’s Cracovians and Highlanders for the Institute. Also in 2017, he received the Saxon Mozart Festival’s prestigious Mozart Prize. Since 2014, he has been a regular guest of ‘Chopin and his Europe’ with Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704.