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トーマス・ダンフォード(リュート) Thomas Dunford
「リュート界のエリック・クラプトン」(BBCミュージックマガジン)と評される古楽界注目の新星。1988年、フランス・パリ生まれ。9歳でリュートを始める。パリ国立音楽院で学び、2006年にシャルル=エドゥアール・ファンタンのクラスで最優秀賞を獲得。その後、バーゼルのスコラ・カトルムに進学。高名なリュート奏者ホプキンソン・スミス氏に師事し、多くのコンクールで優勝。フランス古楽界の大御所ガンバ奏者ジョナサン・ダンフォードを父に持つ。すでにソリストとしてニューヨークのカーネギー・ホールやロンドンのウィグモア・ホールをはじめ世界各国で演奏するほか室内楽やオーケストラで共演者としても活動している。クリスティ指揮レザール・フロリサン、ヘレヴェッヘ指揮コレギウム・ヴォカーレ・ゲントなど数多くの古楽名門オケとも協演しており、古楽界屈指のライジングスターの組み合わせとして大きな注目を浴びている。

Thomas Dunford
Born in Paris in 1988, Thomas Dunford discovered the lute at the age of nine, thanks to his first teacher Claire Antonini. He completed his studies in 2006 at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris when he obtained a unanimous 1st Prize with honors in the class of Charles-Edouard Fantin.

Thomas Dunford continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Hopkinson Smith, and participated in several master classes with artists the caliber of Rolf Lislevand and Julian Bream, and in workshops with Eugène Ferré, Paul O’Dette, Pascale Boquet, Benjamin Perrot and Eduardo Eguez. He was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in 2009.

From September 2003 through to January 2005, Thomas gave his first performances playing the role of the lutenist in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on stage at the Comédie Française.

Since then, Thomas has played recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Frick Collection, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Washington Kennedy Center, the Vancouver recital society, Cal performances at Berkeley, the Banff center, the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Concertgebouw Bruges, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna Konzerthaus, the festivals of Saintes, Utrecht, Maguelone, Froville, TAP Poitiers, WDR Cologne, Radio France Montpellier, Saffron Hall. He made numerous solo or ensemble appearances in the most prestigious European festivals including Ambronay, Arc La Bataille, Bozar, La Chaise-Dieu, Nantes, Saintes, Utrecht and many others. He has also performed further afield in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bresil, Chili, China, Colombia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

Thomas Dunford’ first solo CD Lachrimae recorded for the French label Alpha in 2012, was unanimously acclaimed by critics and was awarded the Caecilia prize of 2013, BBC magazine calling him the “Eric Clapton of the lute”. His second CD « Labirinto d’Amore » with mezzo soprano Anna Reinhold was awarded the « Choc » from Classica magazine. His third CD is awarded « Editor’s choice » by Gramaphone and a « Choc » by Classica magazine.

His extensive discography includes a variety of over 70 different recordings as a soloist and chamber musician.

Thomas Dunford is regularly in demand, playing a variety of early plucked string instruments with the ensembles Les Arts Florissants, Akadêmia, Amarillis, Les Ambassadeurs, Arcangelo, La Cappella Mediterranea, Capriccio Stravagante, Le Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, La Chapelle Rhénane, Clématis, Collegium Vocale Gent, Le Concert Spirituel, Le Concert d’Astrée, A 2 Violes Esgales, the English Baroque soloists, The English Concert, l’Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, La Fenice, Les Folies Francaises, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Marsyas, the Monteverdi Choir, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Musiciens du Paradis, Les Musiciens de Saint Julien, Les Ombres, Pierre Robert, Pygmalion, La Sainte Folie Fantastique, Scherzi Musicali, La Serenissima, Les Siècles, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, La Symphonie du Marais…

Thomas Dunford is attracted to a wide variety of music including jazz, and collaborates with Paul Agnew, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Nicolas Alstaedt, Cecilia Bartoli, Nicola Benedetti, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Keyvan Chemirani, William Christie, Jonathan Cohen, Christophe Coin, Iestyn Davies, Gérard Depardieu, Lea Desandre, Sabine Devieilhe, Joyce Didonato, Isabelle Faust, Bobby McFerrin, John Eliot Gardiner, Emmanuelle Haïm, Philippe Herreweghe, Monica Hugget, Alexis Kosenko, Francois Lazarévitch, Anne-Sophie von Otter, Trevor Pinnock, Patricia Petibon, Sandrine Piau, Anna Prohaska, Hugo Reyne, Anna Reinhold, Jean Rondeau, Skip Sempé, Jordi Savall, Jean Tubéry…

In 2018, at the age of 30, Thomas Dunford created his own ensemble, Jupiter, where he invites wonderful musicians and soloists that he met during his many years of performing around the world. Their first recording of Vivaldi was critically acclaimed with Choc de Classica, Prix Caecilia, Diamant d’opéra, Choix France Musique and more in various countries. Jupiter is 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…

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