Musical Director - Ondřej​ Soukup

In the 2021/2022 season, Ondřej Soukup has already made his debut with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic at Prague’s Rudolfinum, will debut with the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, and will assist Jac van Steen with FOK Prague Symphony Orchestra on two programmes. Likewise, Ondřej is very excited to be appointed Music Director with KCLSO and very much looks forward to sharing some beautiful music with the players and audiences! 

Ondřej is a versatile musician, proficient in symphonic, operatic, choral and contemporary music with a repertoire of 250+ works including Wagner’s Das Rheingold and 5 other operas. Mentors and colleagues alike have praised Ondřej’s musicality, leadership, and fervour, which he radiates to fellow musicians and to audiences.


Recent highlights include recording Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale with Sir Thomas Allen, stepping in for Martyn Brabbins at short notice to conduct Thea Musgrave’s Turbulent Landscapes, and conducting the English National Opera Orchestra in a private masterclass.


He is currently Assistant Conductor with RCM Symphony Orchestra and RCM Philharmonic. In recent years, Ondřej was Conductor at Dramatic Voices Program Berlin, Assistant Conductor at Berlin Opera Academy, Guest Conductor at VoiceArc opera company, Principal Conductor of EUMS Sinfonia, and MD of Thomas Coats Memorial Choral Society (works with RCS Symphony). He was Founder and Principal Conductor of Unison Chamber Orchestra, MD of InChorus, Conducting Fellow with Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, and MD of Edinburgh University Brass Band (EUBB). Ondřej is a recipient of the Roderick Brydon memorial award.


With regards to new music, he established a composition competition with EUBB and has since workshopped and recorded works with EUBB (5x), Edinburgh University String Orchestra (2x), RCM New Ensemble, RCM New Perspectives and most recently with Explore Ensemble, a professional new music ensemble. As a composer himself, he was a finalist in the Maurice Ravel International Composition Competition. 

In masterclasses, he has conducted the Moravian Philharmonic, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Antonio Soler and Ensemble Cambrica. 

Ondřej studies with Toby Purser (KCLSO’s first ever conductor!), Peter Stark, Howard Williams, Martyn Brabbins and has benefitted from the teaching of Sir Antonio Pappano and Sir Roger Norrington among others. 


For full bio, visit

October 2021

Ondrej Soukup_photo by Jana Marie Knotova.jpg