A master class by guest artist Nigel North, lute.
Nigel North was initially inspired into music, at age 7, by the early 60's instrumental pop group "The Shadows". Nigel studied classical music through the violin and guitar, eventually discovering his real path in life, the lute, when he was 15. Basically self-taught on the lute, he has (for over 30 years) developed a unique musical life which embraces activities as a teacher, accompanist, soloist, director and writer.
Some milestones along the way have included the publication of a continuo tutor (Faber 1987)- representing his work and passion for this subject. The music of J. S. Bach has been another passion, and the 4-Volume CD collection “Bach on the Lute” was recorded on the Linn Records label (1994-1997), now available as a 4-disc box set. Over the course of his career, Nigel has released over 100 LP’s and CD’s. Recent recording projects have included Robert Dowland’s “A Musical Banquet” with soprano Monika Mauch, for ECM (2008), Lute Songs with tenor Charles Daniels for ATMA (2007) and the Lute Music of Robert Johnson for Naxos (2010).
The ensemble Romanesca was formed by Nigel, together with Andrew Manze (violin) and John Toll (harpsichord & organ). For ten years (1988-1998) they explored, performed and recorded 17th century chamber music winning several international awards for their recordings.
Nigel North enjoys accompanying singers and playing music with other musicians. Reading a list of his professional collaborations reads like a veritable international who’s-who of early music. He is also an enthusiastic teacher. For over 20 years he was Professor of Lute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London; from 1993-99 he was Professor at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin; from 2005-07 he was Lute Professor at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, Netherlands. Since 1999, Nigel North has been Professor of Lute at the Early Music Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington.