Lucas Vis is a sought-after specialist for contemporary music. The Dutch conductor has worked with renowned composers such as John Cage, Mauricio Kagel, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Theo Loevendie, Louis Andriessen and others, conducting numerous world premieres. Lucas Vis began his musical career as a cellist. After winning the conducting course at the Mozarteum in 1967, he developed into a versatile conductor. While assisting Bruno Maderna (1967-1973), he was awarded the Koussevitzky Tanglewood Composition Prize in 1971.
After three successful years as principal conductor of the Nederlands Ballet Orkest and of the Brabants Orkest (1979-1983), Lucas Vis was chief conductor of the Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest in Haarlem from 1988 to 1996, where he presented works from very different epochs. As a guest of the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam he conducted not only operas by Mozart, Puccini, Busoni, Maderna and Verdi, but also numerous world premieres of works by Dutch composers such as Otto Ketting, Theo Loevendie and Guus Janssen.
Until 1998, Lucas Vis was also artistic director of the Conservatories in Maastricht and Tilburg. From 1998 to 2005 he was principal of the Amsterdam Music Academy, where he still holds a professorship for conducting. Furthermore, Lucas Vis has worked as a guest conductor with all important Dutch orchestras, such as the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague, as well as numerous renowned orchestras in Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy.