Lucas Levin

London-based Australian violist

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Making a multitrack viola loop in Reaper with 3d ambisonic effect in 5 minutes

29 May 2021
My research project at the Royal Academy of Music is heavily involved with different aspects of ambisonic sound, converted into a 3d binaural effect for listening through headphones. I created a …

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From starting the Suzuki program with a cardboard violin, to winning the Theodore Holland Viola Prize at the Royal Academy of Music, Lucas’ performance career already spans two instruments and four continents.

An involved chamber musician, he hopes to give earnest, moving performances with maturity beyond his early career stage. Alongside pianist Yi-Shing Cheng, they have given recitals in various UK venues including St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Fairfield Halls and more. His string quartet playing has seen him playing from London, to Italy, to China, and he was the winner of the Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize at the Royal Academy of Music with the Florizel Quartet.

Lucas also has a wealth of orchestral experience, having played in many conservatoire and youth orchestras, and under renowned conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Semyon Bychkov, Benjamin Northey, Christian Badea, Larry Rachleff, Stefan Ashbury and more. He has led the viola sections of the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, Royal Academy Opera, Amadeus Orchestra, the London Mahler Orchestra, Pro Youth Philharmonia, and Royal Academy String Orchestra.

Lucas is currently a Masters of Music candidate at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Paul Silverthorne and Hélène Clément. He has previously learnt with Jon Thorne, Julian Quirit and Simon Oswell, and has played in masterclasses to Kim Kashkashian, Máté Szűcs, Frank Huang, and more. A student and a teacher, Lucas has an active studio with pupils of all ages and abilities and is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) for upper strings teaching.

Outside of music, Lucas has diplomas in acting and French, a Bachelor of Science, and enjoys creating mobile apps and websites. He plays on a 1992 Tetsuo Matsuda viola.

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