Thomas Dunford

American lutenist (Paris, 1988 - )

Lutenist, theorbist and baroque guitarist, Thomas Dunford has performed in recitals as well as among the recent year’s most dynamic chamber music ensembles and orchestras.

Son of two great gambists, Sylvia Abramowicz and Jonathan Dunford, themselves students of Jordi Savall, Thomas Dunford discovered the lute at age 9 thanks to musician Claire Antonini. After studying at the Paris CRR, he obtained in 2006 a First Prize in Charles-Edouard Fantin's class. He went on studying at the Basel Schola Cantorum with Hopkinson Smith and also participated in Rolf Lislevand and Julian Bream’s masterclasses.

Since then, he has been giving recitals - notably at New York Carnegie Hall and London Wigmore Hall - and appears regularly, as a soloist or accompanist, in the most prestigious European festivals such as the Ambronay Festival, the Chaise-Dieu Festival and the Utrecht Festival. Attracted by a wide variety of musical genres, including jazz, he has collaborated with numerous conductors and soloists, and has performed with renowned chamber music ensembles such as the Centre de Musique Baroque in Versailles, La Cappella Mediterranea, Le Concert Spirituel, Les Arts Florissants and Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien.

Six landmark dates in the life of Thomas Dunford:

1997: Discovered the lute thanks to Claire Antonini.
2003-2005: Played the role of the lutenist in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Or What You Will at the Comédie Française.
2006: First Prize with honours at the Paris CNR.
2006-2011: Studied at Basel Schola Cantorum with Hopkinson Smith.
2013: His first album, dedicated to John Dowland, was released on the Alpha label.
2014: Release of the album dedicated to J. F. Fasch's Quartets and Concerti by the Ensemble Marsyas on Hyperion label.

Biography from Radio France’s Musical Documentation, June 2014