Bio

At a young age in the faraway city of Melbourne, Australia, Lucas started the Suzuki program on violin. He didn’t try viola until late 2013, and after just a month of self-teaching was selected to participate in the inaugural Mimir Chamber Festival Melbourne.

He has previously studied with Julian Quirit and Simon Oswell at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, where he was a recipient of the Corinna D’Hage Mayer String Scholarship. He is currently studying on a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Jon Thorne.

Lucas has a wealth of orchestral experience, having played in a variety of youth orchestras in London, Melbourne and Paris, and under such renowned conductors as Sir Mark Elder, Semyon Bychkov, Benjamin Northey, Christian Badea, Larry Rachleff, Stefan Ashbury and more. He has appeared in Victorian Opera’s production of Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” with the Australian Youth Orchestra and recently he has lead the viola sections of the Royal Academy String Orchestra and Amadeus Orchestra, as well as for the Academy’s production of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld.

He is currently a member of the Florizel Quartet, whose recent performance highlights include recitals in Tuscany, Italy, at China Exchange in Soho, London and being very highly commended for their performance of Bartok’s third string quartet in the Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize. He is a former member of the Melbourne-based “Quartet Non Troppo,” playing in pre-concert series for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Borodin Quartet and winning multiple local competitions and finalists at Musica Viva’s Sydney Eisteddford in 2014. The quartet played in the 2nd Summit of the Pacific Alliance of Music Schools in Beijing, China and were also selected to participate in the Mimir Chamber Music Festival in Fort Worth, Texas USA.

Outside of music, Lucas has diplomas in acting and French, and a Bachelor of Science.