About

Welsh composer Luke Starkey (b.1987) studied composition at the Welsh Royal College of Music and Drama. Living in Utrecht, he is a broad minded and versatile musician who seeks inspiration in nature, the visual arts and literature. Luke also engages in performances of Early Music and World Music on the lute and guitar. Drawing from his Anglo-Indian roots, his fascination for Indian and other non-Western music is reflected in his compositions, where he makes use of non-Western tunings and harmonic systems.

Recent works include compositions for a wide range of forces: an electro-acoustic work Adiuro vos, filiae Ierusalem (2020), Symmetric Differences for orchestra (2020), String Quartet (2019), Three Ricercars and Two Songs (2017) for soprano and two pianos, Six Bagatelles (2013) for flute, guitar and viola, and Bloom (2013) for symphony orchestra. Two of his orchestral works have been performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff. He was also winner of the Mervyn Burtch Composition Prize in 2009. As a teacher Luke has lectured on historic notation and tablature, and teaches guitar and music theory privately.

During his studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (2006-10), his tutors in composition included Peter Reynolds, Robert Spearing, Lynne Plowman and Timothy Raymond.

As a lutenist and basso continuo player on the theorbo, Luke has performed in opera productions and chamber music concerts, with a variety of independent ensembles and orchestras based in the Netherlands and United Kingdom. He has also performed as a musician in baroque dance classes, and has engaged with the public about early music, period instruments and historic art through talks and lectures.

Luke is currently composing for various soloists and ensembles, including a book of pieces for solo harpsichord, and a composition for solo violin with electronics.