Artistic Director

Philip Dukes

Philip  is recognised as one of the world’s leading viola players with a career that has spanned over 30 years. He is an accomplished concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He joined Marlborough College as Artistic Director in 2008. 

Philip made his solo recital debut at London’s Southbank Centre in 1991, hailed by the London Times as ‘Great Britain’s most outstanding solo viola player’ with The Strad magazine describing it as ‘world class’. As a winner of the coveted European Rising Stars Award in 1997 he made his European recital debuts in Vienna, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam in the same year, all to critical acclaim. 

Philip has appeared with all the UK major orchestras as a concerto soloist and as a soloist at the BBC Proms. He has recorded an extensive catalogue of repertoire, most notably for the Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Naxos, Bis, Hyperion, and Nimbus recording labels, as well as more diverse collaborations with a range of accomplished artists, from Eric Clapton to Oasis. 

Philip holds guest teaching positions at London’s Royal Academy of Music and Wells Cathedral School. He is Artistic Director of the acclaimed Vaughan Williams Festival and Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival in the United States. In 2006 he was unanimously elected a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Honorary Associate at the Royal Academy of Music in 2007.