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Biography
Untill 2008, when Lukas Groen moved his residence to Estonia, he worked in The Netherlands as chief-conductor of the SJO (Symphony Orchestra Jacob Obrecht) and musical director of the Symphonic Choir in Vlissingen. Since 2009 he is appointed as musical director of Muusikaühing La Nota and as course manager of the International Neeme Järvi Academy in Estonia. He also is still director of the Foundation Treffen, that is responsible for organising some music events and festivals in the Netherlands, as well as international musical exchange.

As guest conductor he conducted concerts with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Matav Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, the Brabantsch Muzyk Collegie (orchestra of authentic instruments), the Randstad Orchestra (RBO) and the Rotterdam Vocal Ensemble “Rovoce. He also works with the chamber orchestra, I-Symfonietti-01 in Switzerland, consisting of young talented musicians from Europe’s great orchestras. In the Summer of 2005 he conducted the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in its tour in the Netherlands and made his debut with ‘Orkest van het Oosten’ from the Netherlands. In 2006 he conducted the final season concert with the New Bristol Sinfonia (Bristol UK) in, among other works, a composition by his hand, Piece for Orchestra. Later that year he was re-invited to conduct the chamber orchestra in Novosibirsk.

During festivals and courses he also conducted concerts in Estonia, Italy and France, with among others the Orchestre National de Lyon (Besançon), the Besançon Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra en the Pärnu Chamber Orchestra.

Lukas Groen is the First Prize Winner of the Fourth International ‘Oestereichisch-Ungarische Wettbewerb für Dirigenten’ in 1997. In September 1999 he was finalist of the 46th ‘Concours International de Jeunes Chefs d’Orchestre de Besançon. He also worked as assistant conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999. He was awarded the prize and scholarship of the ‘Kersjes van de Groenekan Fonds’ 2000, the most prestigious award for young conductors in the Netherlands, by its jury-chairman Mr. J.M. van Veggel who said:

“Lukas Groen may, without doubt, be called one of the most promising exponents of the young Dutch generation of conductors...”.

Lukas Groen studied conducting and composition at the Rotterdam Conservatory (1991-1997), studied Musicology at the University of Utrecht (1997-1999) and played trumpet, cello and piano. Abroad he studied with several known conductors such as Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Claus Peter Flor and Prof. Wolfgang Harrer in Vienna. From 2002 until 2004 Lukas studied at the Neeme Järvi Summer Academy in Estonia, being taught by Neeme Järvi and Jorma Panula and conducting masterclasses and concerts with several international orchestra.

In recommendations Hans Vonk called him a promising conductor of a high level; composer Klaas de Vries is mentioning his specific insight in contemporary music and Prof. Harrer praises his strong personality, musical-psychological instinct and his experienced way of dealing with singers.

As a composer Lukas Groen has composed various works for ensemble, choir, orchestra and documentary films. Now he is working on his first opera. Besides the artistic output, Lukas Groen was involved in organising several major concerts in the past years and the first Treffen Music festival in Schoonhoven in 2005.

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