Lukáš Pohůnek (*1988) is a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied with Leos Swarovsky. In addition, at the Academy of Music in Cracow, he has worked with Tadeusz Strugała. Lukáš has also participated in classes at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana with Gianluigi Gelmetti, at Lovro von Matačić Foundation in Zagreb with Prof. Colin Metters and as well at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Prof. Mark Heron. During his university studies he served as an assistant to Oliver von Dohnányi and was awarded with the scholarships of Dvořák Society in London and Olga Havel Foundation in Prague.
Among orchestras that he has conducted throughout Europe are the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, Valencia’s Spanish Youth Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, the Ensemble Orquestra de Cadaqués, North-Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Teplice, Penderecki’s Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Cracow, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra della Fondazione Bulgaria Classic, Prague’s Academic Chamber Soloists and the Moravian Sinfonietta Ostrava. As a trumpet player, he has performed with the Slovak Philharmonic, Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra Zlín, Bratislava Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and Slovak Sinfonietta, under the batons of Jakub Hrůša, Karol Kevický and others. In the 2014-2015 season he is serving as a guest conductor of the State Philharmonic Orchestra Košice, Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina and Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra Zielona Góra. He has also been appointed as an assistant conductor at Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava. As the most recent success he took participation in 2015 Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and was personally selected by Maestro to conduct the final concert with MSM Symphony.
Matej Arendárik (*1982),
Began his studies in the class of Eva Beňová-Tatárová, he continued at the Conservatory in Žilina in the class of Darina Švárna and then at AMU Prague in the class of Marián Lapšanský, and was further developing his piano skills by taking part at the masters courses of Mikhail Voskresensky, Robert Roux, Piotr Paleczny, Eugen Indjic, Diane Andersen, Boris Berman, Peter Eicher, Eugene Pridonoff...
He is a laureate of several international competitions- Prague Spring, European Union Piano Competition, International Competition of Leoš Janáček, International Competition of J.N. Hummel, Concorso Internazionale Pianistico "Giuliano Pecar" Gorizia.
As a solist he debuted in 1998 playing Chopin Concerto E minor in Reduta of Slovak Philharmony venue. Since then, he has appeared in a lot of famous venues (Concertgebough Amsterdam, Stadthalle Bayreuth, Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing, Southbank Centre London, Palacio de Congresos Zaragoza, Rudolfinum and Smetana Hall Praha... ) and at music festivals (Beethovenfest Saint Ettiene, Prague Spring, New Masters on Tour Holand, World of Jewish Music London, Middle-European Festival of Concert Art Žilina, Afyon Classical Music Festival Turkey, Saint Venceslas Music Festival).
He works with well-known Slovak and Czech orchestras, such as Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Chamber Orchestra Bohdan Warchal, Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, Plzeň Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the National Theatre in Prague and others; under conductors like Adres Orozco Estrada, Jose Ferreira Lobo, Misha Katz, Oliver Dohnányi, Petr Vronský, Leoš Svárovský, Jiří Malát, Peter Feranec, Rastislav Štúr, Theodore Kuchar...
As a chamber player he worked with Talich Quartet, Suchon Quintet. He created lots of recordings for Slovak Radio and Czech Radio, he works with Slovak and Czech television.
His profile CD (Zeljenka, Suchoň, Janáček, Brahms, Liszt) was issued byDiskant record company.