Elizabeth Kenny

Elizabeth Kenny

Elizabeth Kenny

Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe's leading lute and theorbo players.  She is a principal player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Concordia.


Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe’s leading lute players. Her playing has been described by the musical press as ‘incandescent’, ‘radical’ and ‘indecently beautiful’. She leads an unusually varied performing life with ensembles small and large, such as her ensemble Theatre of the Ayre, and her seventeenth-century interests have resulted in critically acclaimed recordings of solo music from the ML Lute Book, and in songs by Lawes, Purcell and Dowland for the Hyperion label.

In 2011 she was nominated for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards for best instrumentalist and became an artistic advisor to the York Early Music Festival. In 2017 she won a Grammy Award with Ian Bostridge (Shakespeare Songs, Warner Classics) as well as a Gramophone Award and a Diapason d’or de l’année with Phantasm. She has a growing commitment to new repertoire for her instruments and has given premieres of works by Sir James MacMillan and Heiner Goebbels, among others.

She was Professor of Musical Performance at the University of Southampton until 2018, and is Professor of Lute at the Royal Academy of Music in London.