Australian cellist Luke Severn is noted for his performances and compositions alike. In recent seasons, Mr. Severn was awarded Monash University’s Concerto Award, the Peers Coetmore Memorial Scholarship, and the Vice Chancellor’s Ensemble Leadership Prize. As a composer, Mr. Severn is the two-time winner of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation National Songwriting competition.
In recent seasons he has performed the Elgar Concerto with the Monash Academy Orchestra and the Essendon Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 made his North American debut touring Canada with an all Brahms Programme alongside noted North American virtuosi Andrew Sords (violin) and Cheryl Duvall (piano). He looks forward to making his debut in the USA in 2018.
The 2018 season will include many special projects and performances including the inaugural launch of “Humanation”, a recording and performance project featuring the works of LGBT+ composers throughout history and from around the world. He looks forward to many recitals through the year with his duo partner pianist Elyane Laussade (see the 2018 season page for details).
Mr. Severn holds a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours from Monash University in Melbourne. He has studied with noted pedagogues Karine Georgian and Josephine Vains, and performed in masterclasses for Lynn Harrell, Richard Aaron, and Maria Kliegel.
As a composer he draws most of his inspiration from fellow performers, working with soloists and ensembles alike to create his work. He has written for a variety of musicians and musical groups, including The Australian Children’s Choir and Melbourne based pianist Elyane Laussade.