Michael’s association with choral music began in 2006 when he successfully auditioned as a treble for the St George’s Cathedral Choir under the direction of Simon Lawford. Over seven years, Michael performed as a soloist with the Cathedral Choir on numerous occasions, including ABC radio and television broadcasts as well as the choir’s tour to France in 2008. He was awarded the coveted Dean’s Medal for outstanding achievement. Michael also sang with the West Australian Opera Company’s children’s chorus in several operas including Carmen; Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci; and Tosca.
After some 10 years of piano tuition with Faith Maydwell, in 2012, Michael took up organ lessons with the Cathedral’s then Assistant Organist, Stewart Smith. Since then, Michael has been awarded the Associate in Music Australia (AMusA) diploma on the organ with distinction, winning the A. J. Leckie Memorial Award for the best AMusA candidate in 2015 and received his Licentiate in Music Australia (LMusA) diploma only a year later. He has held organ scholarships at St Luke’s Anglican Church in Mosman Park; St Mary’s Anglican Church in South Perth; and Christ Church, Claremont. In February 2016, Michael was appointed Assistant Organist of St George’s Cathedral where he is currently responsible for playing the weekly services and accompanying the world-renowned choir and consort.
After several years of voice tuition with Andrew Foote and more recently Sara Macliver, Michael enjoys singing as a tenor Lay Clerk in the Cathedral Choir (when he is not already accompanying it), and is a regular performer with the St George’s Cathedral Consort, the Giovanni Consort and Perth Symphonic Chorus.
Michael is also the organ teacher at Christ Church Grammar School and studies music and political science at the University of Western Australia. In addition to his organ playing, Michael holds an AMusA in piano and is a regular performer in the Perth music scene, playing alongside and accompanying ensembles such as the WA Youth Orchestra; the Giovanni Consort; and Schola Aedis Christi. Michael is currently the organ scholar at St George’s College and plays continuo in the College’s Early Music Ensemble, under the direction of Paul Wright.
Michael Lukin has taken part in the following PCI events:
Summer School – Jan 2018
An 8 day residential course for singers aged 15 to 25.Sunday Jan 14th - Sunday Jan 21stResidence: St George's College, UWA
Summer School – Jan 2017
The inaugural PCI Summer School saw 30 of Perth's best and brightest perform 4 times in 8 days. Click for more information.Sunday Jan 15th - Sunday Jan 22ndResidence: Swan Valley Adventure Centre