After winning a conducting award during a master class at the Mozarteum in Salzburg in 1967, Lucas Vis began conducting the Nederlands Ballet Orkest and has been invited to perform with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, at the Residenz-Orchester, and with several other Dutch radio orchestras. Assistant to Bruno Maderna from 1967 to 1973, Vis won the Koussevitzky award at Tanglewood in 1971 and has worked with composers such as John Cage, Mauricio Kagel, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Louis Andriessen. From 1988 to 1996, Lucas Vis conducted the Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest of Haarlem. On the podium with the Nederlands Oper, he has conducted works from the classical repertoire as well as premieres of numerous works by Dutch composers including Otto Ketting, Theo Loevendie, and Guus Janssen. Lucas Vis has also been invited to conduct several German orchestras and ensembles. Since 1998, he has been the principal of the Amsterdam conservatory.