Ondřej Vrabec (1979) is an extraordinary figure on the Czech music scene. He continues, after over two decades, to successfully advance his artistic career as an award-winning conductor, seasoned solo horn player at the Czech Philharmonic, sought-after chamber musician and, newly, respected teacher of the main discipline at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He graduated from the Prague Conservatory (B. Tylšar, V. Válek, H. Farkač, M. Němcová, M. Košler) and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (R. Eliška, J. Bělohlávek, F. Vajnar and others). He supplemented his studies with numerous master classes (e.g. London Master Classes). The most valuable impulse shaping his artistic approach was his long-term concert collaboration with the elite of the international school of wind (S. Azzolini, M. Bourgue), while in the conducting field artistic support from important international conductors (Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Benjamin Zander, Jiří Bělohlávek etc.). Vrabec holds the title of absolute winner in the Conservatory Competition in Ostrava, while he won several other laureate titles as a chamber musician (e.g. Concertino Praga).
As a conductor, Vrabec performs with the majority of professional Czech orchestras, including the Czech Philharmonic, where from 2010 he held the unofficial position of conductor’s assistant. In the 2014–2017 seasons he was appointed the chief conductor’s assistant, and from this position became, after Jiří Bělohlávek, the most frequently performing guest of our premier ensemble. He has also appeared on the podium with several foreign ensembles (e.g. Japan Philharmonic, Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, etc.). He has performed at international festivals (Prague Spring, Anima Mundi, Mitte Europa, Český Krumlov, etc.). For many years he was a permanent member of an international team of conductors at festivals of contemporary music – Ostrava Days and NODO. His operatic productions include the international premiere of the operas Sezname, otevři se! by Martin Smolka, Táhlý zvlněný pohyb podélného předmětu by Petr Cígler and Encounter by Mojiao Wang, the critically acclaimed production of the opera The Rape of Lucretia by B. Britten and two productions of The Marriage of Figaro by W. A. Mozart. He led the PKF – Prague Philharmonia’s first ever tour to South Korea (2011) and China (2012–2013). In cooperation with the Czech Philharmonic he has already recorded three CDs, which include the complete symphonic works of British composer Andrew Downes (Artesmon/Czech Philharmonic label), The Planetsby Gustav Holst and Honegger’s 2nd Symphony (Octavia Records – Japan). He has recorded another two titles with the Czech Philharmonic Collegium, namely the DVD Proměny (Universal Music, voted album of the year) and a CD of concerts for violin and viola (with Gabriela Demeterová, Supraphon).