The Royal Shepherd: Viola (The Pathways Program)
Luke D’Silva is a sophomore at Westview High School. His musical journey began at 6 years old with the violin. Three years later, he decided to play the viola with Andrea Hawkins as his teacher. Luke joined the Young String Ensemble of the Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) as the Assistant Principal Violist and became the Principal Violist the following year. Luke is currently the Co-Principal Violist of the PYP Orchestra and its string ensemble Camerata PYP. Since 2021, Luke has been a member of The Back to Bach Project. In summer 2022, he attended the Oberlin Viola Workshop led by Professor Peter Slowik. Luke also represented Oregon in NYO2 2022 and was selected as an Assistant Principal Violist. In 2023, he served as the Principal Violist of both All-State and All-Northwest Honor Orchestras. In addition, Luke is the 2023 Oregon state champion for the Viola Solo category. He is also a winner of the 29th Young Artists Debut! presented by Cognizart by MetroArts Inc. Moreover, Luke loves performing chamber music: he is a member of the Westview String Quintet which is the 2023 Oregon state champion for the Large String Ensemble category. When not playing viola, Luke can be found on the basketball court or hiking with family.