Thomas Dunford/Jupiter Ensemble

Lutenist

 

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Born in Paris in 1988, Thomas Dunford dicovers lute at the age of nine thanks to his professor Claire Antonini. He continues his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris where he gets a First Prize (unanimous) in the class of Charles-Edouard Fantin, and then at the Schola Cantorum of Basel with Hopkison Smith. He attends several masterclasses with lutenists such as Rolf Lislevand, Julian Bream, Eugène Ferré, Paul O’Dette, Pascale Boquet, Benjamin Perrot and Eduardo Eguez.

Between 2003 and 2005, Thomas makes his debuts in the role of the lutenist in Twelfth Night by Shakespeare on the stage of La Comédie Française. Since then, he has been performing in the entire world : Carnegie Hall and Frick Collection in New York City, Wigmore Hall in London, Washington Kennedy Center, Vancouver Recital Society, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Paris and Berlin Philharmonies, TAP Poitiers, WDR Köln, Bozar Brussels… He also performs in festivals such as Saintes, Radio France Montpellier Occitanie, Ambronay, Leipzig Bachfest, Utrecht, Folles Journées de Nantes… He is also playing in England, Scotland, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switerland, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Czech Republic, Danemark, the US, Brasil, Colombia, Chile, Mexcio, Israel, China, Japan and India.

Thomas Dunford is regularly invited to play with ensembles and orchestras, or to conduct them as well. He has collaborated with many of the Europeans baroque groups including Academy of ancient music, Les Arts Florissants, English baroque soloists, English concert, Collegium Vocale Gent, Cappella Mediterranea, Monteverdi choir, Pygmalion… He has also conducted productions with Opera Lafayette in Washington DC since 2017.

In 2018, he creates his own ensemble Jupiter which gathers musicians such as Lea Desandre, Jean Rondeau, Sophie Gent, Théotime Langlois de Swarte, Bruno Philippe, Peter Whelan… Their first album dedicated to Vivaldi (awarded on several occasions) was released by Alpha in 2019. Their future projects will include a program of Madrigals by Monteverdi as well as « Amazones », a French and Italian recital program with Lea Desandre. Jupiter is already invited to perform in the greatest venues of Europe and the US, such as the Philharmonie de Paris, Berlin Philharmonie, Auditorium de Radio France, ElbPhilharmonie Hamburg, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore  Hall, Festival de Pâques Aix en Provence…

Prior to the success of Jupiter, Thomas Dunford received many awards for his solo CDs (with Alpha) : Lacrimae in 2012, Labirinto d’Amoreen in 2014 et Bach suites in 2018.

Thomas Dunford is fond of many musical genres, particularly jazz, and has been working in chamber music projects with conductors and soloists such as Paul Agnew, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Nicola Benedetti, Keyvan Chemirani, William Christie, Jonathan Cohen, Christophe Coin, Iestyn Davies, Lea Desandre, Isabelle Faust, Bobby McFerrin, Philippe Herreweghe, Monica Huggett, Alexis Kosenko, Francois Lazarévitch, Anne-Sophie von Otter, Trevor Pinnock, Patricia Petibon, Sandrine Piau, Anna Prohaska, Hugo Reyne, Anna Reinhold, Jean Rondeau, Skip Sempé, Jean Tubéry… He also very regularly performs with hapsichordist Jean Rondeau, mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre and counter-tenor Iestyn Davies.

 

 

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