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Performance preview of Einojuhani Rautavaara's Etudes

Acclaimed pianist, pedagogue and composer Dr. Luke Ratcliffe has appeared as a soloist nationally and internationally, giving diverse solo recitals and performing as a frequent chamber musician in concert series across the United States. A Virginia native, he began his musical studies at thirteen when he discovered his great love for music. After high school, Dr. Ratcliffe attended The Juilliard School in New York City. During his time in New York he was a Fellow in the Gluck Foundation, an association which seeks to integrate the arts into the web of social life, giving benefit concerts and raising money for hospitals, schools, and city programs. He has played in Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Strathmore Hall, The Banff Music Center in Calgary, among others. Recently, Steinway & Sons invited Dr.Ratcliffe to play a concert at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, after which the new Spirio piano was revealed. 

Additionally, Dr. Ratcliffe is a National YoungArts Alumnus, a foundation which seeks to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. He has taken part and won prizes in a variety of national and international competitions and is also a past guest artist of the Franz Liszt Society. ​

He continued his education, earning his masters degree from George Mason University, where he notably gave lecture recitals on wide-ranging topics as well as concerto performances after winning the university’s competition.

Recently, he was invited to play as concerto soloist with the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Daniel Meyer during the Lakeside Summer Festival in August of 2022. Dr. Ratcliffe is currently a doctoral student at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a Judson Artist in Residence and is studying with Antonio Pompa-Baldi.

As a composer, Dr. Ratcliffe began writing music at Juilliard, and in the 2017 season, he was commissioned to score Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning playwright Arthur Kopit's play "Chamber Music", which premiered in Brooklyn as an off-Broadway show through the Fall of 2017. Dr. Ratcliffe regularly works with other composers and gives premieres of new music.

An avid teacher, Dr. Ratcliffe has always enjoyed teaching and maintained the pedagogical methods passed down to him from his teachers. He has been on the piano faculty for the Moon School of Music and George Mason University’s Arts Academy. Additionally, he has adjudicated youth piano competitions and given masterclasses for various students.

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