Luke Rinderknecht is a Juilliard trained percussionist who has appeared on stages across the world, including Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, and at The Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall. Cleveland audiences heard him perform Paul Creston's Marimba Concerto with The Cleveland Orchestra in the spring of 2001. Recently he has performed with The Metropolitan Opera, The Qatar and Buffalo Philharmonics, St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra, and the Virginia and West Virginia Symphonies. He is a member of Brooklyn based chamber orchestra The Knights, and The Metropolis Ensemble, which is dedicated to the next generation of composers and performers. He performs regularly with the contemporary chamber band Alarm Will Sound, including in concerts where they joined indie rock band The Dirty Projectors in concerts at NY's Lincoln Center, LA's Disney Hall, and London's Barbican Festival. He has appeared with Carnegie Hall's resident post-graduate training ensemble, ACJW, as well as in the pit of Broadway’s Legally Blonde. He can be heard on The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's double Grammy Award winning recording of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man, and on two albums from Sony Classical with The Knights, with a third to be released soon. Luke has completed Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Juilliard, where he received the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music.
After his six years as a student Luke stayed at Juilliard for five more years as manager of the Chamber Music program and the New Juilliard Ensemble. In the summers he has performed at the Bowdoin, Marlboro, Castleton, and Verbier festivals, and has served on the faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival since 2011.