Born in Melbourne Australia, Dr Michael Duke completed his Bachelor of Music degree with honours at Melbourne University's Victorian College of the Arts under the instruction of saxophonist Graeme Shilton. He received both Master's and Doctorate Degrees in Music Performance from Indiana University studying under the tutelage of renowned classical saxophonists Eugene Rousseau, Thomas Walsh, Jean-Yves Fourmeau and Arno Bornkamp.
As one of Australia’s premiere saxophonists, Duke has engaged in an extensive performance career presenting masterclasses and concerts in the USA, UK, Mexico, Thailand, Canada, China, Hong Kong, France, Cyprus, Malta, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Denmark. He has performed with many of Australia’s premiere orchestras including the Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Australian Philharmonic and Pops Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. On the national and world stages he has been invited to perform at numerous North American Saxophone Alliance National conferences, and routinely presents at the World Saxophone Congress. He regularly commissions and premiere’s new works in ensembles “HD Duo” and “Nexas Quartet”. In 2016 he performed as soloist in Lyle Chan’s My Dear Benjamin with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Beginning in July 2008, Duke commenced his appointment as the first ever full-time classical saxophone lecturer in Australia at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University where he is now Associate Professor. Duke has four solo recordings on the Cala (“Australian Portrait” and “The Mexican Connection”) and Saxophone Classics (“Duo Sax” and “Incandescence”) labels. Duke is a Yamaha Australia Performing Artist.