Jozef Luptak

Jozef Luptak


Jozef Luptak is Slovakia's leading cellist, collaborating across classical and world music. He has the unique ability to sing and beatbox at the same time(using the back of the throat). Every sound that you hear in a performance is all him LIVE - doing the three parts at the same time. This skill he has used from performances at St John Smith Square to Roma Gypsy projects in Eastern Slovakia.


Jozef presents performances of varied style on the cello, always fusing elements of classical, traditional and folk music with his unique improvisations using cello, voice and beatbox at the same time.

Watch Jozef improvising for cello, voice, beatbox


Slovak Cellist, Jozef Lupták is firmly rooted as one of the most prominent musicians in Eastern European music and arts.
A graduate of the Performing Arts College (VŠMU) in Bratislava and the Royal Academy of Music in London (R. Cohen) and has twice been granted the "Award of the Culture Act". In addition to this he holds the "Award of the Minister of Culture" and nominated for the "Cristal Wing Award" in Slovakia. The winner of the "Cello Competition of Slovak Conservatories" in 1986, Jozef was later awarded the "Jury Prize" at the Murcia Cello Competition in Spain, the "BANFF Centre Long Term Residency Scholarship", the "May Mukle Cello Prize" at the Royal Academy of Music in London and in 2009, the “Frico Kafenda Award”.

Highlights from 2009 – 2012 include recitals in the USA, performing during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in the Slovak Repre House, concerts at festivals in Charleston (with Robert Cohen) and Arcus Temporum in Pannonhalma (with Gija Kancheli and Gidon Kremer) and world premiers of cello concertos by Peter Machajdík (BHS) Jevgeni Irshai (Convergence Festival) and Daniel Matej (with Slovak Chamber Orchestra).

Currently Jozef is preparing as founder and director for the 13th year of the International Festival of Chamber Music, “Convergence”, has a busy European concert programme and is preparing several new Slovak Albums. Recent releases include "Chassidic Songs" with Bratislava Rabbi Baruch Myers, and a CD/DVD festival project with authentic gypsy singers from East Slovakia, called “After Phurikane”. In March 2010 he was awarded a special prize by the Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic for his success as a both a cellist and artistic director and founder of acclaimed international chamber music festival, Konvergencie/Convergence. From its first year in 2000, the festival has received fantastic reviews in musical criticism as well as from the general public, and is marked by a very special quality and atmosphere. In 2003 was Jozef also appointed as an artistic director for the 7th International Festival of Contemporary Music Melos-Ethos in Bratislava.

His path as a concert soloist have brought him to play with conductors as Andrew Parrott, Jirí Belohlávek, Leoš Svárovský, Daniel Gazon, Domonkos Héja, Andrew Mogrelia among others and he plays regularly with chamber music partners leonora Škutová, Igor Karško, Ronald Šebesta, as well as with Robert Cohen, Vladimir Mendelsson , Beny Schmid, Rena Sharon, Peter Mikuláš, Mark Gothoni and other friends. An exceptionally versatile musician, Jozef often collaborates with Slovak rock legendary pianist/composer and Improvizer Marián Varga and in the last few years has explored his special interests with projects of multicultural and multiethnical content – "After Phurikane" and "Chassidic Songs".

Part of Jozef‘s search for his own musical expression is active communication and collaboration with contemporary composers (Tenney, Krauze, Godár, Zagar, Irshai, Matej, Ayres, Wolff, Jeffery, Machajdík etc) culminating in a number of world premièred compositions and recordings. His discography includes the World Premiere CD of Vladimír Godár´s “Music for Cello”, 2CDs of complete Bach Solo Cello Suites (first slovak recording) as well as his own project CELLO - recording of five new compositions inspired by Bach´s 1st Suite, including his unique speciality – improvisations using cello with his own voice and rhythmic vocalisations (beatbox) at the same time. His most recent solo release is a live recording from his London Debut concert in St.John’s Smith Square and he is preparing an album of his concurrent cello, rhythmic and vocal improvisations.

Jozef Lupták is married to Katarina, an architect. They live in Bratislava with their three children, Jonathan, Elisha and Leo.


* Cello Live Recital in London, St.John’s Smith Square – 2005, Nora Skuta – piano, Robert Cohen – cello, Music Centre
* After Phurikane – Music Project with Authentic Gypsy Singers, with DVD movie, Zudro 2010
* Chassidic Songs – Jewish Music with Rabbi Baruch Myers - Konvergencie 2010

* Chamber Music of Vladimír Godár – Albrecht Quartet, Nora Skuta, Slovart Music 96
* Music For Cello – Vladimír Godár – Slovart Music 99
* Johann Sebastian Bach – Complete Suites for Solo Cello – BWV 1007-1012 – Porta Libri, 2001 – FIRST COMPLETE SLOVAK RECORDING
* CELLO – Bach, Jeffery, Burgr, Iršai, Zagar, Wolff, Improvisations – MI 2001
Brahms: Sonate F dur, Hindemith - Solo Sonate, M.Burlas- Agónia – with pianist
* Nora Skuta/ OPUS production 94
Philip Ratliff – String Quartett/ Banff Centre CD label 94
* Slovak Composers (Matej, Zagar, Burlas) Veni ensemblom /Slov.hudobný fond/92 Musica/96