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 has appeared at many early music festivals including the Utrecht Early Music Festival (2013) and the Boston Early Music Festival (2015). Phillip is a founding member of the Venere Lute Quartet, and has performed with many prominent ensembles and individuals, including the Newberry Consort, the Rose Ensemble, and the sopranos Dame Emma Kirkby and Ellen Hargis. Phillip has been a regular faculty member at the Lute Society of America's biannual Summer Seminars and the Lute Program at the Amherst Early Music Festival. Phillip studied lute with Hopkinson Smith at the Academie Musical in Villecroze, France and in Basel, Switzerland. In addition to his many ensemble recordings, Phillip has three highly acclaimed solo recordings to his credit, including his most recent Studio395 release, Italian Lute Music 1508-1517 (2015).