Lukáš Kubenka

Lukáš Kubenka (1975) graduated from the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, majoring in sacred music (organ, organ improvisation, conducting, Gregorian chant). Since 1999 he has been teaching at the Church Secondary Organ School in Opava (now the Church Conservatory Opava) in the fields of organ playing, organ improvisation, liturgical music, music theory, basso continuo and Gregorian chant. In 2000 he founded the Gregorian Schola Bonifantes Opavienses at the CSVŠ, which performs mainly at student services in the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Opava. In September 2009, his Gregorian schola was invited to actively participate in the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the Czech Republic. The schola, under the direction of Lukáš Kubenka, sang during Benedict XVI’s meeting with the academic community in the Vladislav Hall of Prague Castle. Since 2000 he has been the principal organist at the Cathedral of the Divine Saviour in Ostrava. He has given concerts in many places in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Poland, Italy, France, Belgium, Malta and Germany. He has been an active participant in professional courses in organ music interpretation (Prof. S. Landale, Prof. L. Lohmann) and Gregorian chant (Fr. Gregor Baumhof). He is intensively interested in the stylistic interpretation of Gregorian chant and music of the Renaissance and Baroque. He regularly teaches courses in Gregorian chant. He collaborates with important musical ensembles (Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, Janáček Chamber Orchestra, Moravian Teachers’ Singing Association, Czech Ensemble Baroque Orchestra, Czech Ensemble Baroque Vocal Quintet).