Michael Duke - Soprano Saxophone

Michael Duke completed his Bachelor of Music degree with honors at the Victoria College of the Arts with Graeme Shilton. Duke received his Master's and Doctorate Degrees in Music Performance from Indiana University studying with renowned classical saxophonists Eugene Rousseau, Thomas Walsh, Jean-Yves Fourmeau and Arno Bornkamp. While pursuing jazz studies at Berklee College of Music, Duke studied with Shannon LeClaire, Jim Odgren and George Garzone and performed in Phil Wilson and Joe Lovano’s ensembles.
Throughout Australia and abroad, Duke has engaged in an extensive career, performing with many of Australia’s premiere orchestras including the Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He has also been invited to perform at numerous North American Saxophone Alliance National conferences, the World Saxophone Congresses and was a featured artist at the 2010 International Society for Contemporary Music World New Music Days conference. In April 2016 Duke presented in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s “About Music” series on the topic of commissioning new works, collaborating with composers and seeing them to their final inception. 
Duke has recorded three solo CDs:, Duo Sax, Incandescence (Saxophone Classics), and Australian Portrait (Cala) which features newly commissioned works by preeminent Australian composers. Recently, Duke gave the world premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin’s saxophone concerto, Macquarie’s Castle, with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. In the same year he also performed the world premiere performance of Lyle Chan’s Dear Mr. Benjamin with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as part of the Brisbane Festival.
Duke is a Yamaha Australia Performing Artist.