Matthew Wadsworth, lutenist, works throughout the UK, Europe and North America as a soloist and chamber musician. As well as appearing at major concert halls and festivals, he can often be heard on radio, both in live performance and recordings.
Matthew was born in 1974 and 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.
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.
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, 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. Although he rarely does orchestral continuo playing these days, He has in the past enjoyed working 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.