Photography by Klaus Jacobsen
Since studiing at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis he has specialized in French lute music of the 17th century. He is the author of several papers and of the book The Lute in Europe. His newest publication (a book with two CDs) with his Ensemble Accords Nouveaux puts the lute book from the archive of the Berne patrician family von Erlach (circa 1622) in a larger context. This lute book may be the earliest source with music in “Accords nouveaux”. He performs both as a soloist and continuo player. His close collaboration with François-Pierre Goy is visible in their homepage www.accordsnouveaux.ch.
Vinícius Perez was born in Rio de Janeiro and began his musical studies on the Classical Guitar at the age of six. Since attending the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis under Hopkinson Smith he performs both as a soloist and as a continuo player, for example with Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden, Konzert Theater Bern, Zürcher Barockorchester, Ensemble La Fontaine, Vokalensemble Opus 48, Bach Collegium Freiburg, Jerusalem Baroque Orchester, Concerto Ibérico and Iberian Ensemble. His solo recording debut The Galant Lute results from his desire to make it possible for modern audiences to experience the charming, gallant and colorful sound of the lute through an original and previously unheard repertoire. See viniciusperez.com
Paul Beier lives in Milan, Italy, and teaches lute at the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado. His latest CD, a transcription for lute of the French Suites by J. S. Bach (Stradivarius STR 37082) has received critical acclaim, earning awards such as five Diapasons, five stars (Amadeus), etc. His latest article on lute technique, “Arcana of Right-Hand Fingering in the Early 16th Century” was published in the Lute Society of America Quarterly (Spring 2018). For a complete list of his CDs and articles, visit www.musico.it/lute/.