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Festival Artists

Festival Artists

Soprano saxophone

Michael Duke

Michael Duke

Born in Melbourne Australia, Michael Duke completed his Doctorate degree in Music Performance from Indiana University studying under the tutelage of renowned classical saxophonists Eugene Rousseau, Jean-Yves Fourmeau and Arno Bornkamp. He has performed with many of Australia’s premiere orchestras including the Sydney Symphony, Australian Ballet and Opera Orchestra, Queensland Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, 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 international conferences, music institutions and festivals as both lecturer and performer in such countries as the USA, UK, Denmark, Hong Kong and China. In 2010 Duke was a featured artist at the prestigious International Society for Contemporary Music World New Music Days conference in Sydney, Australia where he presented two concerts of new music for saxophone. In the USA Duke has taught on the faculty of Simpson College in Iowa (2002-2005) and Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts (2007-2008). 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 currently holds the title of Associate Professor saxophone. He is a Yamaha Australia performing artist.