Phillip Rukavina, Lutenist

Site Last Updated: May 3, 2018

Phillip Rukavina performs as a lute and vihuela soloist and as a continuo lutenist. He’s appeared at many music festivals specializing in early music, including the Utrecht Early Music Festival (2013) and the Boston Early Music Festival (2015).  In 2017, Phillip was invited to perform as a soloist at the European Lute Festival in Füssen, Germany (2017) and at the Lute Society of America’s 2017 WestFest held in Victoria, BC Canada. Phillip is a founding member of the Venere Lute Quartet and has performed with many prominent ensembles, including the Newberry Consort, the Texas Early Music Project, the Rose Ensemble, the Bach Society MN and with renown sopranos Emma Kirkby and Ellen Hargis.  He has served on the faculty of the Lute Society of America's LuteFest in Cleveland, OH and the Amherst and Vancouver Early Music Festivals. He has recorded on the Lyrichord, LSA, and Naxos labels. His fifth Studio395 solo release, Dutch Light: the Lute Music of Nicolas Vallet, was issued in winter of 2017.

Community Activities

Phillip has served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Lute Society of America and is currently the President of the organization. In addition, he is a past editor of the LSA Quarterly Magazine and regularly teaches at the Lute Society of America's biennial Summer Seminars at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Phil directed the event in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Phillip has also taught at and directed the LSA Seminar East program in association with the Amherst Early Music Festival held in New London, Connecticut. He directed the event in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011.

Together with lutenist/guitarist Richard Griffith, Phil has founded the Twin Cities Lute Cooperative. The TLC sponsors a monthly performance series titled Thursday at the Lute Cafe which features regional lutenists in performance and ensembles which include the lute or early plucked strings in the ensemble. Thevent takes place in the East Lounge of Immanuel Lutheran Church located at 104 South Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, MN.

Phil has also estabilshed the "Luther Acoustic Stage" which has been a feature at the annual St. Anthony Park Art Festvial in St. Paul, MN for over 5 years . This event takes place in June and raises funds for the St. Anthony Park Public Library, a branch of the St. Paul Public Library System. The stage features performances of singers and acoustical instruments including various types of lutes, mandolins, guitars, etc..

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