Thomas Dunford, theorbo

Born in 1988, Thomas Dunford discovered the lute at the age of nine, thanks to the encouragment of Claire Antonini. By 2006, he was awarded a unanimous 1st Prize with honors in the class of Charles-Edouard at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris before completing his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Hopkinson Smith.

His first professional appearance was as the onstage lutenist at the Comédie Française in Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'. He has gone on to perform as soloist and chamber musician across Europe and Asia at many of the most prestigious festivals including, Ambronay, Saintes, La Chaise Dieu, and Bozar with ensembles such as Le Concert Spirituel, les Arts Florissants, l'Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Capriccio Stravagante, La Serenissima, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the English Concert, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, La Symphonie du Marais and La Fenice.

Thomas already has an impressive discography including recordings with La Capella Mediterranea, Ensemble Clématis, Monica Hugget, Andrea Benedetti, La Serenissima, A 2 Violes Esgales, Capricio Stravagante, Arcangelo, and Bach’s mass in B minor with Pygmalion.

A versatile musician, Thomas has collaborated with the likes of Christophe Coin, Monica Hugget, William Christie, Skip Sempé, Francois Lazarévitch, Paul Agnew, and Jean Tubéry but is also at home playing other genres of music including Jazz.