Virtuoso Profile

Dr Michael Duke

Dr Michael Duke is Senior Lecturer in Saxophone at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

About Me

Michael Duke completed his Bachelor of Music degree with Honours at the Victorian College of the Arts under the instruction of saxophonist Graeme Shilton. He then received both Master’s and Doctorate degrees in music performance from Indiana University, studying under renowned classical saxophonists Eugene Rousseau, Thomas Walsh, Jean-Yves Fourmeau and Arno Bornkamp.

While pursuing jazz studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Michael studied with Shannon LeClaire, Jim Odgren and George Garzone and performed in the ensembles of Phil Wilson, Greg Hopkins, Victor Mendoza and Joe Lovano.

Michael has enjoyed an extensive performance career both in Australia and abroad. He has performed with many of Australia’s premier orchestras, including the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, the Australian Philharmonic and Pops Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

In the United States, he has performed with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra (Kentucky), the Camerata Symphony Orchestra (Indiana), the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and the Cedar Rapids Symphony (Iowa). In 2002 he won the Indiana University Woodwind Concerto Competition for his performance of Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera for alto saxophone and orchestra.

He has also been invited to perform at numerous North American Saxophone Alliance National conferences and World Saxophone Congresses and has lectured at the Australian National Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2010 Michael was a featured artist at the prestigious International Society for Contemporary Music World New Music Days conference in Sydney, presenting two concerts of new music for saxophone.

As a freelance musician in the Boston area, Duke backed such artists as Gloria Estefan, The Four Tops, Bill Cosby and Gary Burton. He has also performed with the Danilo Perez Big Band, the Jim Widner Big Band, and the Greg Hopkins Big Band.

In addition to his work as a clinician and tutor (Australia, USA, Hong Kong and Denmark), Michael has taught on the faculties of Simpson College in Iowa (2002-2005), Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts (2007-2008) and as an associate instructor at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana (1998-2000). In July 2008, he started as the first ever full-time classical saxophone lecturer in Australia at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Michael has two commercially available solo recordings: Duo Sax – Music for Two Saxophones on the Saxophone Classics (UK) label and Australian Portrait: HD Duo on the Cala (UK) label.

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