Philip Dukes / viola
“Great Britain's most outstanding solo viola player” The Times
Philip Dukes’ recital debut at London's South Bank in 1991, described by The Strad magazine as "world class", marked the beginning of a career that is now established as one of the foremost of his generation. Dukes has won a succession of awards, scholarships, prizes and competitions, such as the coveted European Rising Stars Award. He has given several world-premiere performances, such as Sally Beamish's Viola Concerto, Hugh Watkins' Concerto for Viola and Cello and Orchestra, and the previously unpublished Concerto for violin, viola and orchestra by Benjamin Britten. Dukes has recorded a number of CDs with most notable example his recording, ‘The Film Music of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett’ with the BBC Philharmonic, which was awarded the German Record Prize (Deutsche Schallplattenpreis). In recognition of his success as an international viola soloist, Dukes was unanimously elected a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.