Matthew Wadsworth has earned a reputation as one of the worlds finest lutenists. Working in the UK, Europe and North America as a soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared at most major concert halls and festivals, and can often be heard on radio, both in live performance and recordings.

Matthew studied lute at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Nigel North, after which he spent a year at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.

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

His CD recordings have all received international critical acclaim, and have been featured as Gramophone Editors Choice on several occasions.

They include but are not limited to:

14 Silver Strings.

music for theorbo by Kapsberger and Piccinini, featuring harpsichordist Gary Cooper and gambist Mark Levy.

Away Delights.

Lute solos and songs by Robert Johnson, featuring soprano Carolyn Sampson.

When Laura Smiles.

Lute solos and songs by Phillip Rosseter, featuring tenor James Gilchrist.

Masters of the Lute.

Solo lute and theorbo, works by Dowland, Kapsberger, Piccinini, de Visee and Biber.

The Knight of the Lute.

Solo lute music from Robert Dowland’s Varietie of lute lessons, 1610.

Not Just Dowland.

A live recording from London’s Wigmore Hall with soprano Carolyn Sampson.

‘Late Night Lute’

Music by Dowland, Johnson, Kapsberger, and a new piece for solo theorbo called ‘The Miller’s Tale’ by Stephen Goss.

All recordings are available on Spotify and Apple Music, and can be purchased on Amazon and iTunes.

Matthew has given concerts at the Bruges festival, the Flanders festival, the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, The Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeares Globe, the Georgian Concert Society (Edinburgh), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and the Lufthansa, York, Beverley, Bath, Warwick, Spitalfields, Holt, North York Moors, Budapest, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal Baroque, Mitte-Europa and Innsbruck festivals.

Matthew is passionate about working with singers. Colaborations include Sopranos Carolyn Sampson and Julia Doyle, counter-tenor Christopher Ainslie, tenor James Gilchrist and baritone Peter Harvey. , He has worked with The Academy of Ancient Music, English Touring Opera, Birmingham Opera Company, Independent Opera, Central City 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.