Thomas Dunford, lute

 A man stands against an ornate background, playing the lute.

March 28, 2025 | 7:30PM
Logan Center Performance Hall

Part of the UChicago Presents 2024/25 Early Music Series, Full Season, Pick 4, Pick 6, and Pick 8 subscriptions.


“The Eric Clapton of the lute.” – BBC Magazine 

Parisian lute virtuoso Thomas Dunford makes centuries-old music resonate with a modern pulse. Dunford and his lute have shared the stage with musical greats like Bobby McFerrin and Anne-Sophie von Otter and at notable venues from his teen debut at La Comédie Française to Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2018, he founded the Jupiter Ensemble which quickly gained acclaim with their debut dedicated to Vivaldi. His early music program features masterpieces by John Dowland, J. S. Bach, Marin Marais, and well-known melodies by Erik Satie.  

Harpsichordist Jean Rondeau and lutenist Thomas Dunford play the Sarabande of Robert de Visée's Suite No. 7 en ré mineur (from Pièces de théorbe et de luth). Recorded at the Chapelle Notre Dame du Bon Secours in Paris on the 20th of December 2017.