Phillip Rukavina has performed widely as a lute and vihuela soloist, ensemble performer, and a continuo lutenist. He studied lute with Patrick O’Brien in New York and with Hopkinson Smith at the Academie Musical in Villecroze, France and in Basel, Switzerland. He was the Director of the Lute Society of America’s summer program at the Amherst Early Music Festival in 2005 and 2007. He has two solo recordings on the Alpha/Omega label, including Fiori Italiani and Ala spagnola. Recent performances include Reinhard Keiser’s The Fortunes of King Croesus with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and several of G.F. Handel’s “house operas” with the New World Symphony. Phillip is a frequent guest instrumentalist with the Rose Ensemble and appears on their recent CD release Celebremos el Niņo. Phillip teaches lute privately in Minneapolis, Minnesota.