Phillip Rukavina performs nationally and internationally as a lute and vihuela soloist, ensemble performer, and as a continuo lutenist. He is a founding member of the Venere Lute Quartet, the Chambure Vihuela Quartet, and the Terzetti Lute Duo. He has performed with numerous singers and instrumental ensembles, including the the Newberry Consort, the Rose Ensemble, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the New World Symphony, among others. Phillip has been a regular faculty member at the Lute Society of America's biannual Summer Seminars held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He directed the event in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Phillip has also taught at and directed the lute program at the Amherst Early Music Festival in New London, Connecticut in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Phillip has three solo lute recordings to his credit, including his Studio395 release, Music from the Casteliono Lutebook 1536 (2010). He is featured on the Rose Ensemble’s CD releases Celebremos el Niño and Glory Shone Around. In addition, Phillip appears on three critically acclaimed compact discs issued by the Lute Society of America featuring the Venere Lute Quartet (Sweet Division, Palestrina’s Lute, and Airy Entertainments). Phillip studied lute with Hopkinson Smith at the Academie Musical in Villecroze, France and in Basel, Switzerland, and with Patrick O’Brien in at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. He teaches lute out of his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Phillip has served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Lute Society of America and is currently the President of the organization. In addition, he is a past editor of the LSA Quarterly Magazine and regularly teaches at the Lute Society of America's biennial Summer Seminars at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Phil directed the event in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Phillip has also taught at and directed the LSA Seminar East program in association with the Amherst Early Music Festival held in New London, Connecticut. He directed the event in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011.
Together with lutenist/guitarist Richard Griffith, Phil has founded the Twin Cities Lute Cooperative. The TLC sponsors a monthly performance series titled Thursday at the Lute Cafe which features regional lutenists in performance and ensembles which include the lute or early plucked strings in the ensemble. Thevent takes place in the East Lounge of Immanuel Lutheran Church located at 104 South Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, MN.
Phil has also estabilshed the "Luther Acoustic Stage" which has been a feature at the annual St. Anthony Park Art Festvial in St. Paul, MN for over 5 years . This event takes place in June and raises funds for the St. Anthony Park Public Library, a branch of the St. Paul Public Library System. The stage features performances of singers and acoustical instruments including various types of lutes, mandolins, guitars, etc..