Phillip Rukavina, lute, Renaissance guitar
Phillip Rukavina performs nationally and internationally as a lute and vihuela soloist, ensemble performer, and as a continuo lutenist. He is a founding member of the Venere Lute Quartet, the Chambure Vihuela Quartet, and the Terzetti Lute Duo. He has performed with numerous singers and instrumental ensembles, including the Newberry Consort, the Rose Ensemble, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the New World Symphony, among others.
Phillip has been a regular faculty member at the Lute Society of America's biannual Summer Seminars held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He directed the event in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Phillip has also taught at and directed the lute program at the Amherst Early Music Festival in New London, Connecticut in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Phillip has three solo lute recordings to his credit, including his Studio395 release, Music from the Casteliono Lutebook 1536 (2010). He is featured on the Rose Ensemble’s CD releases Celebremos el Niño and Glory Shone Around. In addition, Phillip appears on three critically acclaimed compact discs issued by the Lute Society of America featuring the Venere Lute Quartet (Sweet Division, Palestrina’s Lute, and Airy Entertainments). Phillip studied lute with Hopkinson Smith at the Academie Musical in Villecroze, France and in Basel, Switzerland, and with Patrick O’Brien at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. He teaches lute out of his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.