The King's Lute: French baroque lute music from Versailles
To learn more about Miguel Yisrael, please read our Artist Interview.
Miguel Yisrael was born in Lisbon, where he began his musical and artistic career, earning his Diploma in Classical Guitar in 1994. From 1999 to 2004, after studying the lute at the Paris Conservatoire with Claire Antonini, he completed his musical education with Hopkinson Smith in Basel, Switzerland, at the Schola Cantorum Basilensis. As a soloist, Miguel Yisrael has given recitals in France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and China. In 2000, he took part in a television documentary devoted to the lutenist Hopkinson Smith, broadcast by Mezzo, Classica, RTBF and TSR. Miguel Yisrael has recorded 2 solo CDs for the Dutch Label Brilliant Classics, in 2008 and 2010, earning a "Diapason d'Or Découverte" for his CD The Court of Bayreuth and a "5 Diapason" for his CD Les Baricades Mistérieuses. He is also the author of a major treatise on the baroque lute called "Method for the Baroque Lute", published in Italy by Ut Orpheus in 2008. In 2010, he created, for the same publisher, a new collection of music scores for the Baroque lute called "La Rhétorique des Dieux". Miguel Yisrael performs on lutes built by Cezar Mateus, Princeton, USA. He currently lives and teaches Renaissance and Baroque lute in Paris.
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“Yisrael is capable of rendering the refinement of the 17th century French lute repertoire in all its subtlety, by joining rhythmic conviction with a perfect mastery of detail and ornamentation. His playing is a model of distinction and incisive sweetness. ”
“The audience was literally spellbound...If you hear of a concert or a CD with his name, drop everything and rush! But be forewarned, you won't emerge unscathed.”