Luke Turrell - Viola
Luke Turrell was born in England and began learning the viola at the age of 4 with his father Robert Turrell. He was already awarded highest marks in the Country for his musical examinations at the age of 9. When he was 10 he began attendance to the Yehudi Menuhin school where he was taught by Suzie Mezaros and Berent Korfker.
His studies were continued in Berlin at the Universität der Künste under the guidance of Prof. Hartmut Rohde and then Prof. Wilfried Strehle. In Berlin Luke received multiple scholarships for his outstanding musical achievements. In 2010 Luke was awarded the prize of “the most promising British Violist” at the Lionel Tetris Viola Competition.
In 2013 Luke was accepted to the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra where his Mentor was Máté Szűcs.
Alongside his job as 1st Principal Viola of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, he also regularly plays recitals and chamber music in House Concerts and festivals, collaborating with artists and musicians from all around the globe.
He has been a member of the Gewandhausquartett since 2021
Luke plays on a modern viola from 2014 made for him by the Luthier Ragnar Hayn