Phillip Rukavina has performed both nationally and internationally as a lute and vihuela soloist, ensemble performer, and as a continuo lutenist. He studied lute with Hopkinson Smith at the Academie Musical in Villecroze, France and in Basel, Switzerland and with Patrick O’Brien in New York.
Phillip is a founding member of the Venere Lute Quartet and the Terzetti Lute Duo. He has released two solo recordings on the Studio395 label (Fiori Italani and Ala spagnola) and performs duets as half of the Terzetti Lute Duo (with lutenist Thomas Walker, Jr.) on two other Studio395 releases (Due and Stile Moderno, Stile Antico). In addition, Phillip appears on two critically acclaimed compact discs featuring the Venere Lute Quartet released by the Lute Society of America (Sweet Division and Palestrina’s Lute).
He is a regular guest instrumentalist with the much acclaimed early vocal group, the Rose Ensemble, and he performs on two of the ensemble’s CD releases (Celebremos el Niņo and Glory Shone Around). Phillip has performed with numerous instrumental ensembles, including Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and others. He was the Director of the Lute Society of America’s Summer Program at the Amherst Early Music Festival in 2005, 2007, and 2009 and he regularly teaches on the faculty of the Lute Society of America’s biennial Seminars at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, Phillip directed the LSA Seminar in 2008 and will again in 2010. He teaches lute privately in his home in St. Paul, Minnesota.