An acclaimed Violist and chamber musician, Luke is now making his mark as an operatic and symphonic conductor. Graduating with a Masters of Conducting from the Sydney Conservatorium, he has furthered his studies in Freiburg, and Manchester; and attended the Fondazione Musicale Chigiana, Siena, working under Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti. Luke was also a participant in the Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program during 2016.

 

Luke is currently a Conductor with Opera Australia, and during 2019 will have also conducted the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 Luke conducted the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra as part of their subscription series, The Tales of Hoffmann with Rockdale Opera Company as part of their 70th Anniversary celebrations, and the inaugural gala concert of Coast Opera Australia, featuring Jose Carbo and Sally-Anne Russell. 2017 saw Luke make his debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

 

In 2014 Luke was appointed Principal Conductor of the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra, in 2016 he became Music Director of Blush Opera in Sydney, and was the Associate Conductor of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra for several years. Luke made his operatic debut in 2015 with Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, directed by Shannon Murphy and featuring Silvia Colloca, Stacey Alleaume, and Catherine Bouchier in the principal roles, as part of the Spectrum Now Festival, and in 2016 conducted a sell-out production of Puccini’s il Tabarro, directed by Constantine Costi.

 

Luke has also been Guest Assistant Conductor at The Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the Saarländisches Staatstheater of Saarbrücken, and has been mentored by Conductors including Marko Letonja, Johannes Fritzsch, and Simone Young.