Nigel North was initially inspired into music by the early 60's instrumental pop group ‘The Shadows', and went on to study classical music through the violin and guitar, eventually discovering his real path in life, the lute, when he was 15. Basically self-taught on the lute, he has for some 20 years developed a unique musical life which embraces several and varied activities as a teacher, accompanist, soloist and writer. He published a continuo tutor (Faber 1987) representing his work and passion for this subject.
The ensemble Romanesca was formed by Nigel, together with Andrew Manze (violin) and John Toll (harpsichord & organ) and for ten years (1988-1998) they explored, performed and recorded 17th century chamber music winning several international awards for their recordings.
Nigel North also enjoys accompanying singers and is an enthusiastic teacher. For over 20 years he was Professor of Lute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London; from 1993-1999 he was Professor at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin and since January 1999 Nigel North has been Professor of Lute at the Early Music Institute of Indiana University, Bloomington in the USA.
New recording projects include, for NAXOS, the complete lute works of John Dowland (4 CDs); for ATMA Classique, a series of CDs of music by the 17th Century French Lutenists; for ECM, Robert Dowland's "A Musical Banquet" with soprano, Monika Mauch.
From January 2005, in addition to his post in Bloomington, Nigel will also be teaching the Lute at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, the Netherlands, and will be spending a little more of his time back in Europe.
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Millennium of Music
'Nigel North has an unrivalled reputation as a lutenist.'more >>Goldberg Magazine
North's technique is flawless and his sense of voicing early 18th-century music is right on the mark. Highly recommended!more >>Atlanta Audio Society
These works take on a wonderful new life.more >>MusicWeb International
North is in his element here...more >>Klassik.com
'...hohen Musikalität, tiefen Verständnis, technischen Meisterschaft...'more >>The Scotsman
A natural eloquencemore >>The Observer
An excellent opportunity to acquire this reissued landmark recording at budget price.more >>Klassik.commore >>Gramophone
Editor's Choice: 'The recording captures his splendid 'three-dimensional' tone...[a] lovely recording.'more >>BBC Music Magazine
'He negotiates even the most intricate of these pieces with disarming ease and plays with a winning combination of freedom and rigour.'more >>The Independent
‘North's collection...displays his skill and taste as a lutenist to the full. Integral to this music is the ability to weave seamless lines around an original theme.'more >>ClassicsToday.com
one of the disc's highlights is the final trackmore >>BBC Music Magazine
eloquently phrased and coloured playingmore >>Classic CD
Superb sound, seductive instrument...what are you waiting for?more >>The Observer
Every note sparkles as North breathes life and passion into a beautiful collection.more >>Yorkshire Post
Compelling, utterly musicalmore >>Classic CD
North has clearly completely absorbed the style, and communicates this music with fluency and flair.more >>Gramophone
No lover of Bach, the lute or indeed the cello, could fail to be enriched by this magnificent programme...more >>Gramophone
...a maker of fine music that can be listened to purely for what it is.more >>Classical Guitar
There are very few lutenists more compelling than Nigel North.more >>Gramophone
These are performances that combine good style and intelligence with heart and sensibilitymore >>