Ondrej Soukup

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Conductor

Location: Scotland

Website: ondrej-soukup.com

Conductor Ondřej Soukup is a graduate of The University of Edinburgh and currently holds principal conductorship with Edinburgh University Music Society Sinfonia. Furthermore, he holds music directorship with Thomas Coats Memorial Choral Society, who regularly work with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra. Ondřej is also Guest Conductor of VoiceArc opera company, Founder and Principal Conductor of the Unison Chamber Orchestra, Music Director of InChorus, Conducting Fellow with Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, and Music Director of Edinburgh University Brass Band (EUBB).
 
As assistant conductor, Ondřej has worked on Berlin productions of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte, and Wagner's Das Rheingold. As principal guest conductor of VoiceArc, he also performed Mozart's Don Giovanni and Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. He has given concerts in England, Scotland, Spain, Latvia, Germany as well as the Czech Republic, and has been given several prizes and bursaries for conducting, including the Roderick Brydon memorial award.
 
Ondřej has also received recognition for his compositions and trumpet playing, and speaks English, Czech, Russian, French, and German.
 
Help Musicians UK very generously helped me cover expenses for a conducting masterclass with the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra. Thanks to their support, I can now work with a large professional symphony orchestra for a whole week, playing difficult repertoire by Bartók, Debussy, and Stravinsky. The course is packed with podium time with the orchestra, lessons with Maestro Gaggero, group discussions and other opportunities for development. I very much look forward to sharing my experience after attending the course!
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