Philip Dukes ( born 1968 in Birmingham ) is a British classical viola soloist.
Early life and education
In 1985 Dukes went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama His principal teachers included Mark Knight, Yfrah Neaman and whilst in New York, Michael Tree. In 2006 Mr Dukes was unanimously elected as a Fellow of the Guildhall School.
Dukes' 1991 recital debut at London’s South Bank was described as ‘world class’ by the Strad Magazine. This performance launched a career that has led to Dukes being recognised as one of the foremost violists of his generation.
Dukes' debut as a Viola Soloist at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall was on the 2nd August 1995 with the London Mozart Players conducted by Matthias Bamert, the program included Sally Beamish's Viola Concerto No 1 world premiere. Dukes returned on the 3rd August 1999 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins; he also featured as a soloist at the Proms on the 4th August 2005 and 26 July 2007. The latter Prom included a performance of Sir Michael Tippett’s Triple Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis , a live recording of which is available on CD on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon Label.
Dukes was lent the Archinto Viola (one of only two remaining playable Stradivarius violas) in 2007 and for a 20th Anniversary recital at the South Bank Centre in March 2011. Dukes' own viola was made by Japanese-American luthier Hiroshi Iizuka. There is a recorded interview hosted by the Guardian, comparing these two instruments.
Dukes has appeared as a concerto soloist with many of the UK's leading orchestras and performs a wide range of engagements, from solos with major orchestras, to chamber music and music for films and TV
Dukes most recent contributions to TV were as a member of The Locrian Ensemble of London who performed the original television Sound track for the BBC production of Wolf Hall and Dickensian both composed and conducted by Debbie Wiseman.
Dukes solo Viola recordings with leading orchestras include, Bax: Phantasy recorded with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, released by Chandos Records ALWYN: Pastoral Fantasia recorded with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Lloyd-Jones released by Naxos Records and Best of British 20th Century Classics, Live from Royal Albert Hall during BBC Proms 2007 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis released by Deutsche Grammophon DG Concerts.
Other Recordings Include
Benjamin Britten: Lachrymae with the Ayriel Ensemble on Ayriel Classics
Hellawell: "Inside Story" ( double concerto), with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Piers Hellawell
Beethoven: Contemporary Arrangement for Chamber Ensemble Artists: The Locrian Ensemble,
Academic Roles and Honorands
In 2003 Dukes was appointed Head of Strings at Wells Cathedral School and in 2008 was appointed Artistic Director at Marlborough College. In 2006 Dukes was elected a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and in 2007 was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music where he is a Visiting Professor of Viola
Dukes married Caroline in 2002, they live in Marlborough and have two sons.
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