Luke Faulkner

Composer and Pianist

United Kingdom

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About

Born in Shropshire in 1991, Luke studied piano and composition at Chetham's School of Music before attending Oxford University on an academic scholarship to read Music at Christ Church. Since graduating with "double" first class honours in 2013, he has been active as a composer and recording artist.

Luke's original compositions and recordings have been published by Halidon Srl (Milan) and Cavendish Music Ltd (London) and include six albums. In 2017 he was admitted a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM) with distinction, and in 2018 he became a YouTube Official Artist. To date, his recordings have been streamed over 15 million times.

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Interview

What does music mean to you personally?

It gives me a sense of purpose.

Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?

Music alone is abstract. It can suggest something - such as water in Ravel’s Jeux d’eau - but cannot represent a concept with the specificity of words. However, when listening to concert music we try to understand it, or at least try to connect with it in some way. Here imagination steps in. In this sense music can be a sort of fantasy.

If you were not a professional musician, what would you have been?

Rather lost.

The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about the future?

I fear any future in which Classical music has no value, but there are many in my generation for whom it means something.

What do you envision the role of music to be in the 21st century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?

The transformation is already under way. Until recently we used to purchase individual CDs from physical stores, now whole stores are in our pockets and much more besides. The result, as we are witnessing, is the ubiquity of music.

Do you think we as musicians can do something to attract the younger generation to music concerts? How would you do this?

TwoSetViolin are successful - a violin-centric Victor Borge act of the social media age, who seem to be experiencing concert success too. If you want to reach the younger generation, consider entering their smartphones.

Tell us about your creative process. What is your favourite piece (written by you) and how did you start working on it?

I improvise until I come across an idea with potential, then I develop it into a composition. I cannot say which is my favourite composition, but its genesis was most probably this.

Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?

Find a playlist that covers a wide range of Classical music. Listen through, taking note of each track you like. Once done, research the composers of those tracks, their works, and their contemporaries’ works. I did this with Russian music when I was younger and found a multitude of works that continue to enchant me.

Do you think about the audience when composing?

Not so much when composing, but certainly when publishing. I compose for my own enjoyment, and publish for what I hope will be the enjoyment of others.

What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?

I’ve a few projects on the go including an album of original compositions for piano and strings, an album of Russian piano music, and I plan to record the complete Nocturnes of Chopin at some point. Sometimes, when I’m feeling reckless, I’ll experiment with a new mic position.