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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Upcoming performances

Lucerne Festival Academy 2

Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra

Lin Liao, Johanna Malangré, Heinz Holliger  conductors
Felix Renggli  flute

Kirsten Milenko Traho for orchestra
Alex Vaughan Logos for orchestra
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K. 477 (479a)
Holliger Ostinato funebre for small orchestra
Holliger Turm-Musik for solo flute, small orchestra, and tape

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall
Admission: CHF 50

Lucerne Conducting Masterclass

Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra with Ilan Volkov

Saunders void for percussion duo and orchestra, Anton Webern Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30

Conducting is not child’s play. This is all the more true when it comes to scores from the 20th and 21st centuries, because these are frequently so complex that fundamental questions of coordination have to be dealt with first, before one can take up more far-reaching interpretive decisions.

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall
Admission: CHF 30

Lucerne Festival Academy 3

Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra
Lin Liao  conductor

Victor Coltea Orbitor for ensemble
Samir Amarouch new work for ensemble
Pierre Boulez  Polyphonie X for 18 instruments

Seventy years ago, Polyphonie X was premiered. Its fragmented sounds, subjected in all their parameters to a radically serial approach, caused a veritable scandal...

Südpol, Halle
Admission: CHF 50

Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra in Berlin

Rebecca Saunders and Anton Webern – one of the most interesting sound artists of our time meets this Modernist classic and its precise minimalism. The Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov focuses on this auspicious combination at the Musikfest Berlin.

Berlin Philharmonie, Main Hall
Admission: €12