The founder of the Prague baroque orchestra Collegium 1704 and of the vocal ensemble Collegium Vocale 1704, Václav Luks graduated from the Pilsen Conservatory as a horn player. He fully developed his passion for early music during his studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland in the studios of J.–A. Bötticher and J. B. Christensen in the field of keyboard instruments. At that time, he cofounded the Amphion wind octet, with which he still plays occasionally on the natural horn.
During his studies in Basel and in the years that followed, he gave concerts all over Europe and overseas (USA, Mexico, Japan) as the horn soloist of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. In 1991, while still a student at the Pilsen Conservatory, he founded the chamber music ensemble Collegium 1704, from which he gradually built up a full-time baroque orchestra after returning to Prague. The orchestra first made its presence felt significantly on the Czech music scene with the project Bach – Prague – 2005 at the time of the founding of the vocal ensemble Collegium Vocale 1704. In the world of early music, he has earned recognition not only as an outstanding chamber music and orchestral player, but also foremost as an exceptional conductor gifted with unerring intuition and a feel for the interpretation of music by the old masters J. D. Zelenka, J. S. Bach and G.F.Händel.