Luke has developed a career as a harpsichordist with the foremost ensembles, festivals and opera houses of Europe: the Bavarian State Opera, the Salzburg Festivals (including the summer festival, Mozartwoche and Resonanz Festival), the Glyndebourne Festival, L’Opéra National du Rhin, the Netherlands Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Maggio Musicale; orchestras such as the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music.
Born in Australia, Luke began his studies as a harpsichordist at an early age with David Kinsela; after time as an educator and church musician, he travelled to London and was accepted as a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music in 1999. Here he studied with John Toll and Virginia Black (in 2014 the Academy awarded Luke the Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his services to music). As a student Luke worked together with the tenor Ian Partridge in the field of Early English Song; he also began to work professionally with the English Bach Festival, Grange Park Opera, and toured Japan with The Sixteen under Harry Christophers. Here also began a long association with singing, especially the pre-classical and classical repertoire. A chance meeting with Ivor Bolton in 2001 led to further engagements (first with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra) and a long and fruitful working relationship. Luke subsequently made the United Kingdom his permanent home but has enjoyed working across Europe.
Luke has since coached, played and conducted on operatic productions from Monteverdi to Mozart, with many others besides: Cavalli, Cesti, A. Scarlatti, Handel (who looms large in Luke’s repertoire), and Bach. Most recently Luke revisited his love of the music of Rameau, in the Bavarian State Opera’s brilliant production of that composer’s ‘Les Indes Galantes’ in July of 2016. Luke has also worked with conductors Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Thomas Hengelbrock (most recently for Theater an der Wien’s celebrated production of Handel’s Agrippina in the Spring of 2016), Lothar Zagrosek, Mark Wigglesworth, Paul McCreesh, and Thomas Zehetmair.