Luke studied music as an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won an instrumental scholarship and an academic exhibition. He graduated with first-class honors in June ’07. Later that summer, he moved to America for a two-year master’s course in music at Boston University. In ’09, during his final semester, BU presented him with an honor award for outstanding achievement. He then returned to England to begin a doctoral degree under the supervision of John Deathridge at King’s College London, where he was awarded a continuation scholarship. His PhD thesis was on the use of Richard Wagner’s operas in Nazi propaganda. Luke has worked closely with Laurence Dreyfus, Julian Johnson, and Joshua Rifkin, among others; conducted research in the national archives of Germany; and spoken on various topics at conferences held everywhere from Cardiff to California.
During his time as an undergraduate, Luke commuted from Oxford to London once a week for lessons with Niel Immelman, a professor of keyboard at the Royal College of Music. He continues to work with Niel on an occasional basis today. In his solo repertoire, Luke embraces composers from Scarlatti to Stockhausen, and he's given premieres by a number of living composers. His concerto repertoire includes works by Mozart, Gershwin, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky.
You can read some sample programs here, and see a video of Luke's 2017 memorized performance of Morton Feldman's epic late masterpiece, Triadic Memories, in New York's National Opera Center, here. Future concerts are advertised on this page.
photo by Vikram Kushwah