Elizabeth Kenny

MA, FRAM

Historical Performance - Lute and Theorbo

Plays regularly with Les Arts Florissants, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Concordia viol consort

Elizabeth is one of Europe’s leading lute players. Her playing has been described as ‘incandescent’ (Music and Vision), ‘radical’ (The Independent on Sunday) and ‘indecently beautiful’ (Toronto Post). In 15 years of touring she has played with many of the world’s best period instrument groups and experienced many different approaches to music making. She is a principal player and initiator of 17th century projects with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Her solo CD Flying Horse: The ML LuteBook, was released by Hyperion Records in 2009.

She has played with viol consort Concordia since its founding, and has built chamber music and recital partnerships with a number of distinguished artists. She retains a strong international connection with William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants. Her research interests have led to critically acclaimed recordings of Lawes, Purcell and Dowland, and to develop ideas such as the Masque of Moments, which she took to festivals in England and Germany in 2007–8. With her group Theatre of the Ayre she created a concert version of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis which was released on the Wigmore Live label.

Elizabeth taught for two years at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and is a Lecturer in Performance at Southampton University. She is one of the artistic advisory team for the York Early Music Festival 2011–13. In 2011 she was delighted to be awarded a FRAM and was one of three shortlisted nominees for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards in the best instrumentalist category.

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