Nigel North

Nigel North

Nigel North - Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Boyd Recital Hall


"Lute plucked to perfection... perhaps he is the greatest performer of this instrument of all time" - Stephen Daw, in the Birmingham Post (England)

British Lutenist Nigel North has been sharing music with audiences for nearly 30 years. His quiet and gentle personality goes, literally, "hand in hand" with his choice of instrument; the lute is one of the most gentle, subtle yet technically demanding of "ancient" instruments.

 

About the Artist

Born in London, England, Nigel North has been Professor of Lute at the Early Music Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington (USA) since 1999. Previous positions included The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London (1976-1996), hochschule der Künste, Berlin (1993-1999) and the Royal Conservatory, Den Haag, (2006-2009).

Initially inspired at the age of seven 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 been playing and teaching for nearly 50 years.

After hearing one of Nigel's Bach recitals in London, Julian Bream recalled in 2002, "I remember going to a remarkable recital, one which I wish I had the ability to give: it was one of Nigel North's Bach recitals, and I was bowled over by how masterful and how musical it was. A real musical experience, something you don't always get from guitar and lute players and which, in general, is pretty rare."

Recordings include a four CD boxed set "Bach on the Lute" (Linn Records), four CDs of the lute music of John Dowland (Naxos), and a new ongoing series of music by Sylvius Weiss (BGS) and Francesco da Milano (BGS).