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One of the world’s great lute players makes his home in Seattle. John Lenti performs nationally and internationally with great baroque ensembles, including Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, and many more. John presents an evening of music on several lute family instruments, including works by John Dowland, Francesco da Milano, Giulio Caccini, and others.
John Lenti specializes in music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and has made basso continuo improvisation on theorbo the cornerstone of a career that encompasses work with baroque and modern orchestras, chamber music, recitals, and opera. The 2019-2020 season included performances with Acronym, Quicksilver, the Metropolitan Opera, Helicon Foundation, ARTEK, the Yale Collegium, and the Diderot String Quartet, among others, and that was all before the end of February. He has played at early and modern music festivals in Boston, Berkeley, Indianapolis, Bloomington, Vancouver, Carmel, the Proms, Aldeburgh, Valletta (Malta), and the San Juan Islands, and with baroque and modern orchestras on both coasts. His recent interests include the lute music of Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder and the metaphysics of historically informed performance. His commitment to the music of our own time is negligible and might be considered more of an aversion, honestly. John went to North Carolina School of the Arts and Indiana University and studied lute with Nigel North, Jacob Heringman, and Elizabeth Kenny. He lives in Seattle.