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About Philip Dukes, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Andrew Davis

Philip Dukes is one of the most active and prominent violists in Britain, with an extensive record of acclaimed performances as a soloist and in chamber ensembles.

Dukes was born in 1968 in Birmingham, England. His training was in venerable British musical institutions: the Wells Cathedral School beginning in 1978, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama beginning in 1985 (he became a fellow there in 2006). He also traveled to New York for studies with violist Michael Tree. Dukes' career was launched with a critically lauded debut recital at London's South Bank in 1991, and in 1995 he made his BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall with the London Mozart Players, performing, among other works, the new Viola Concerto No. 1 of Sally Beamish. Dukes was also active in the 1990s as a member of the Plane Dukes Rahman Trio.

Dukes has returned to the Proms several times and has often been featured on the BBC 3 radio network. He has been heard as a soloist with major orchestras around the U.K. and, more unusually, in a range of film and television scores including as part of the Locrian Ensemble of London, which was heard in the BBC productions Wolf Hall and Dickensian.

Dukes returned to Beamish for his debut recording, performing with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra on BIS in 1999. He appeared on the Nimbus label's Forbidden Music, a 2003 album of music from the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Among his recordings as a soloist are a performance of Rebecca Clarke's Viola Sonata on Naxos in 2007 and one of Franz Liszt's rarely heard viola-and-piano version of Berlioz's Harold in Italy on Naxos in 2012. In 2018 he appeared on Songs of Travel, an album of vocal and chamber music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. ~ James Manheim

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