James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition


presented in cooperation with the

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

and the

Cleveland Institute of Music

Nigel North (England) British lutenist Nigel North has mesmerized audiences around the world with performances which have been described as “stunning – rich, warm, resonant and utterly musical.” In addition to a stellar solo career Mr. North has enjoyed musical collaborations with the world’s most outstanding early music scholars including Trevor Pinnock, Christopher Hogwood, Alfred Deller, Fretwork, the London Baroque, and the Attaignant Consort. In all, Nigel North’s musical life embraces varied activities as a teacher, accompanist, soloist, and writer.

A prolific recording artist and Gramophone Award winner, Nigel North has participated in over two hundred recording projects including more than twenty solo CDs and seven CDs with Romanesca. Mr. North’s four CD boxed set, Dowland: Complete Lute Music, has gained him much praise: “A collector’s item” (The Times), “a remarkable performance of wonderful music” (American Record Guide), “North’s sweet-toned playing is both unfailingly musical and highly imaginative” (Gramophone), “Nigel North’s Dowland cycle sets a new benchmark” (BBC Music Magazine).

Other recording projects have included Robert Dowland’s Musical Banquet with soprano Monika Mauch for ECM (2008), Lute Songs with tenor Charles Daniels for ATMA (2007), and the Lute Music of Robert Johnson for Naxos (2010). Nigel North’s Bach on the Lute—box set, Volumes 1-4, Linn Records CKD 128 (2000)—is regarded by many to be the finest plucked instrument recording of J.S. Bach’s solo violin and cello works.

Nigel North is Professor of Lute at the Early Music Institute, Indiana University,
Bloomington, Indiana.

Artist’s Website: nigelnorth.com