Since making his New York debut to a sold out audience in Alice Tully Hall in April of 2009, violist Luke Fleming has established himself as an exceptional and much sought-after solo and chamber recitalist and teacher. Mr. Fleming has given solo and chamber performances in the Weill and Zankel Recital Halls at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall in New York; the Musikverein in Vienna; Suntory Hall and Izumi Hall in Japan; the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Spain; Sejong Hall in South Korea; Melbourne recital Centre in Australia; and in various venues across North America, Asia, and Europe. Praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for his “glowing refinement,” his performances have been described by Strad as “confident and expressive…playing with uncanny precision,” and lauded by Gramophone for their “superlative technical and artistic execution.” Strings Magazine said of a recent performance by Mr. Fleming: “With tender lyrical lines, the viola’s richness suited the music wonderfully…I wished I could put [him] on repeat.”
In 2015, Mr. Fleming became the Founding Artistic Director of both the Manhattan Chamber Players, a chamber music collective made up of some of the most accomplished chamber musicians in the New York area, and the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival, an outreach/mission-centric festival presenting Classical music in both traditional and non-traditional settings in his hometown of New Orleans, LA. From 2009 – 2015, Mr. Fleming was a member of the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet in 2009, which served as Artists-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2014 – 2015 and the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School from 2011 – 2013. With the Attacca Quartet, he was awarded First Prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and top prizes at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2011. Mr. Fleming has been featured on a Live from Marlboro CD release on the Archiv Music label, and with the Attacca Quartet on the critically acclaimed albums, Fellow Traveler: The Complete String Quartet Works of John Adams, and the Attacca Quartet’s own arrangement of Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ, both on Azica records. In addition to world premieres of numerous chamber works, Mr. Fleming gave the North American Premiere of Sonatine I by Roger Steptoe and the World Premiere of Chimera by Scott Miller.
Mr. Fleming has been a participant at the Marlboro Music School and Festival, and was a fellow at the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Music Festival. He has also performed at Bravo!Vail, Virginia Arts Festival, Festival Mozaic, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Melbourne Festival, and the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, among others. He was awarded First and Second Prizes in the Juilliard School’s Concerto Competition in 2009 and 2005, respectively. Mr. Fleming was Juilliard’s recipient of the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) from 2007 -2009, under whose auspices he has represented Juilliard in chamber concerts across the U.S., Mexico, Europe, and Asia. He has performed as guest violist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York Classical Players, Georgian Chamber Players, International Sejong Soloists, Ensemble Connect, Continuum, and the Serafin and Canterbury String Quartets. In great demand as a teacher, Mr. Fleming has given masterclasses at UCLA, Louisiana State University, Ithaca College, Syracuse University, Melbourne University, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and is Lecturer-in-Residence for Project: Music Heals Us. He has served as Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Fei Tian College and as Director of Outreach Activities at the Louisiana State University School of Music.
Mr. Fleming received his Doctor of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma, and Masters of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Samuel Rhodes. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Louisiana State University. A New Orleans native, Mr. Fleming places great importance on arts performance and education in his hometown and state. In addition to his work as Artistic Director of the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival, he has taught music at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and given music classes and interactive workshops in numerous Louisiana and New York City public schools. He is also a five-time recipient of the Morse Fellowship, through which he has taught music in New York City public schools.
Mr. Fleming is represented by Arts Global, Inc.
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