An acclaimed Violist and chamber musician, Luke Spicer is now establishing himself as one of Australia’s foremost young
conductors. Graduating with a Masters of Conducting from the Sydney Conservatorium, he has furthered his studies in
Freiburg, and Manchester; and attended the Fondazione Musicale Chigiana, Siena, working under Maestro Gianluigi
Gelmetti. Luke became a participant in the Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program during 2016
working with Johannes Fritzsch, Giordano Bellincampi, and Marco Letonja.
Luke has been a regular conductor and music director with Opera Australia and has appeared as guest conductor of the
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He has also been guest
Assistant Conductor at The Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Göttingen Symphonie Orchester, the Saarländisches Staatstheater of
Saarbrücken, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, working under Simone Young and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Luke has worked
extensively with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Sydney University Symphony Orchestra, as well as conducting the
inaugural gala concert of Coast Opera Australia, featuring Jose Carbo and Sally-Anne Russell.
In 2022 Luke conducted Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Australia’s National Tour, and Händel’s Alcina for
National Opera – Canberra. During 2023 he was a recipient of the George and Nerissa Johnson Memorial Scholarship which
allowed him to pursue professional development opportunities in Germany, Italy and Bulgaria.
In 2014 Luke was appointed Principal Conductor of the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra, in 2016 he became Music
Director of Blush Opera in Sydney and was the Associate Conductor of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra for several
years. Luke made his operatic debut in 2015 with an innovative production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, directed by
Shannon Murphy and featuring Silvia Colloca, Stacey Alleaume, and Catherine Bouchier in the principal roles, as part of
the Spectrum Now Festival within the art gallery of NSW, and in 2016 conducted a powerful sell-out production of
Puccini’s Il Tabarro, directed by Constantine Costi.