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Matthew Wadsworth . biography

Matthew Wadsworth, lutenist, is in great demand as a soloist, continuo player and chamber musician. He has appeared at major festivals in the UK, Europe and North America and can frequently be heard on radio, both in live performance and on disc.

Matthew has recorded for Avie, Deux-Elles, Linn, EMI, Channel Classics and Wigmore Live.

His 6 CDs to date, “When Laura Smiles”, (featuring music by Phillip Rosseter), “Away Delights” (Robert Johnson), “14 Silver Strings” (Kapsberger and Piccinini), “Masters Of The Lute” (Dowland, Kapsberger, de Visee), “the Knight Of The Lute” )music from A Varietie Of Lute Lessons) and “Not Just Dowland” (recorded live at the Wigmore Hall) have received international critical acclaim.

Matthew studied lute with Nigel North at London’s Royal Academy of Music, winning the London Student of the Year award in 1997 for his work on the development of Braille lute tablature. He then spent a year at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.

Recent engagements have included the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, the Georgian Concert Society (Edinburgh), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and the Lufthansa, Beverley, Spitalfields, Budapest, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal Baroque, Mitte-Europa and Innsbruck festivals. Matthew has also worked with The Academy of Ancient Music, English Touring Opera, Birmingham Opera Company, Independent Opera, The Netherlands Bach Society, I Fagiolini, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, The Musicians of the Globe, Arion, Constantinople, The Theatre of Early Music and Les Violons du Roy, among others.