Luke conducted the Beecroft Orchestra in 2012-2013. Luke is Director of Bands at Newington College and recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Maestro Imre Pallo. As a core participant in Symphony Australia’s Conductor Development Program, he has worked with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and in 2013 - the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia. He is an advocate of new music and has guest conducted the Sydney Camerata in World Premiere’s of music by Andrew Howes and George Palmer.
After completing his Bachelor of Music on Saxophone from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2000 he worked with the Royal Australian Navy Band until 2006. During his time with the Navy Band, he performed numerous concertos, as well as arranged for this group.
As an educator, Luke has developed a reputation for building strong and vibrant instrumental programs. Over the past two years he has worked in the tertiary sector as Associate Conductor of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony and Guest Conductor of the Conservatorium Orchestra and Modern Music Ensemble. In addition, Luke has been engaged as a guest lecturer in Ensemble Pedagogy.
Luke co-founded the dynamic Compass Saxophone Quartet (www.compassquartet.com). Combining the diverse paths of two pairs of saxophone players, ‘Compass’ – Christina Leonard, Jeremy Rose, Matthew Ottignon, Luke Gilmour – form one of the most interesting and dynamic groups to emerge in Australia’s music scene. Inspired by the idea of breaking down barriers between classical music and improvised jazz, Compass takes an innovative and flexible approach to the Saxophone Quartet, combining influences that are, distinct, new and unusual. Their debut album, ‘Abrazo Tango’, was critically acclaimed and more recently Ode to an Auto Rickshaw has built upon this success. Compass’ third album is due for release in April 2013.
Luke has previously worked with the Sutherland Shire Choral Society, Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra and Northern Beaches Orchestra.