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“What a great initiative to highlight classical music nationwide and the experiences it brings to Australians locally and overseas. This momentous occasion will inspire younger generations of Australians to keep our art form alive and take it to new heights. I am honoured and excited to be involved.”

Katherine Lukey


Deputy Concertmaster – Opera Australia Orchestra; Former Assistant Concertmaster – Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Former Principal 1st Violin – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Australian National Academy of Music; Universität für Musik und Darstellend Kunst, Graz

Katherine Lukey is Deputy Concertmaster at the Opera Australia Orchestra, a position she has held since 2016. She is also a member of the Australian World Orchestra and frequently performs as a guest violinist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Katherine has also served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Principal 1st Violin of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist, Katherine has appeared with the Queensland Symphony, Melbourne Chamber, Metropolitan, Sydney Conservatorium, and Darwin Symphony Orchestras.  She won the Hephzibah Menuhin and Kendall Violin Competitions and was an ABC Young Performers Award string finalist.  In January 2017 Katherine performed as Guest Principal 2nd Violin with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Other guest principal appearances include Orchestra Victoria, Auckland Philharmonia, and West Australian, Tasmanian, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. Katherine was formerly a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra.

An Australian National Academy of Music alum, Katherine completed her Masters with Alice Waten (Sydney Conservatorium).  Other teachers include Tibor Varga and Silvia Marcovici (University of Music, Graz), and William Hennessy (University of Melbourne).

When not playing violin, Katherine indulges in her other passion: training for triathlons.

Last updated 2023