Lucie Vítková is a composer, improviser and performer (accordion, hichiriki, harmonica, voice and tap dance) from the Czech Republic, 2017 Herb Alpert Awards in Arts nominee in category of Music.
In Spring 2016, she was awarded as an emerging artist of Thomas M. Messer Bohemian Creative Hub at the Czech Center New York and has been commissioned by Roulette Emerging Artist Commission Program with support of the Jerome Foundation in New York in 2017. This year, she received the 2018 Roulette Residency.
Her compositions focus on sonification (compositions based on abstract models derived from physical objects), while in her improvisation practice explores characteristics of discrete spaces through the interaction between sound and movement. In her recent work, she is interested in the musical legacy of Morse Code and the social-political aspects of music and art in relation to everyday life.
She graduated in accordion performance at Brno Conservatory in 2010 and composition at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ) in 2013. During her Master Degree, she studied at Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL) and at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia (USA). She has studied with Martin Smolka, Jaroslav Šťastný, Martijn Padding, Gillius van Bergijk and Michael Pisaro.
As a student of JAMU Brno, she was realizing her PhD. research at Universität der Künste in Berlin (partly on DAAD scholarship) under the supervision of Marc Sabat (2014-2015). Since 2016, she has been based in the City of New York, where she´s done her research as a Visitiong Scholar at Columbia University with Prof. George Lewis (2016-2018) and most recently she continues at the New York University.
In her PhD. studies, she is analyzing music of Christian Wolff, researching on his compositional techniques which he uses to change relationships between players and to reform established hiearchies in music. She has put together two ensembles – NYC Constellation Ensemble (focused on musical behavior) and OPERA ensemble (for singing instrumentalists).
During the Mentor/Protégé Residency in Tokyo (JP), she studied hichiriki with Hitomi Nakamura and has been a member of the Columbia University Gagaku Ensemble and CU Raaga ensemble.
As an accordion player, she collaborated with New York based TAK Ensemble, Kamraton, S.E.M. ensemble, String Noise, Du.0 , Argento Ensemble, Ghost Ensemble and Wet Ink.