Philip Dukes


Strings - Visiting Professor of Viola

Distinguished soloist, chamber musician and critically-acclaimed recording artist

Regularly appears as a concerto soloist with all of the UK’s major orchestras

Philip’s recital debut at London’s South Bank in 1991, described by The Strad magazine as ‘world class’, marked the beginning of a career that is now established as one of the foremost of his generation.

His principal teachers in London (Guildhall School) and New York have included Mark Knight, Yfrah Neaman and Michael Tree. Having completed his studies, Mr Dukes won a succession of awards, scholarships, prizes and competitions, and in June 1992 was selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust. In 1995 Philip Dukes won the coveted European Rising Stars Award, which led to recitals throughout Europe.

He has performed at many major music festivals worldwide including Gstaad, Cheltenham, Dartington, Brighton, Bath, Aldeburgh, Colmar, Mecklenburg, Savannah and Schleswig-Holstein. As a concerto soloist, Philip has appeared with the BBC Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, the Hallé, the Philharmonia, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, London Mozart Players, Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ulster Orchestra, Warsaw Sinfonia, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia.

In 1995, he made his BBC Promenade Concert debut giving the world premiere of the viola concerto by Sally Beamish and at the 1997 Aldeburgh Festival, he gave the world premiere of the previously unpublished concerto for violin, viola and orchestra by Benjamin Britten. At the 2007 BBC Proms he appeared as a soloist in a performance of Sir Michael Tippett’s Triple Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davies, a live recording of which is available on CD on the prestigious Deutsche Gramophon Label.

Philip can be heard regularly on BBC Radio 3 and has recorded a number of CDs featuring works by Brahms, Schumann, Bruch, Britten, Mozart, Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Frank Martin, William Lloyd Webber, Piers Hellawell and Sally Beamish for the Chandos, ASV, BIS, Nimbus and Naxos recording labels. Recent chamber music recordings for Onyx and Hyperion labels have included the string quintets of Beethoven and Brahms, the sextets of Brahms and the complete viola quintets of Mozart with the Nash Ensemble, with whom Philip has been a principle guest player since 1992.

In addition to his solo engagements, Philip is a Visiting Professor of Viola at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Artistic Director at Marlborough College and a Visiting Professor at McGill University, Montreal. He also appears as a soloist and chamber musician with many distinguished artists including Daniel Hope, Mischa Maisky, Janine Jansen, Tasmin Little, Melvyn Tan, Emma Johnson, Julian Lloyd Webber, The Razumovsky Ensemble and members of the Lincoln Centre Chamber Music Society of New York.

In 2007 Philip was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

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