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Professional Performer, Writer

Instrument(s) Played

Archlute, Guitar, Lute, Other Plucked Strings, Theorbo


John Lenti specializes in music of the seventeenth century and has made basso continuo improvisation on lute, theorbo, and baroque guitar the cornerstone of a career that encompasses baroque and modern orchestras, chamber music, recitals, and opera. Recent highlights include performances with the Seattle Symphony, the Cincinatti Symphony, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, recitals with violinists Carrie Krause, Ingrid Matthews, and Monica Huggett, and chamber music with the I-90 Collective, the Dark Horse Consort, and Acronym. The 2019-2020 season will include performances with the Metropolitan Opera, Quicksilver, Helicon Foundation, Musica Pacifica, and the Diderot String Quartet. He has played at early and modern music festivals in Boston, Berkeley, Indianapolis, Bloomington, Vancouver, Carmel, the Proms, Aldeburgh, Valletta (Malta), and the San Juan Islands (Washington state). His research interests include the lute music of Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder and the metaphysics of historically informed performance. His commitment to the music of our own time is negligible and could be considered more of an aversion, honestly. John went to North Carolina School of the Arts and Indiana University and studied lute with Nigel North, Jacob Heringman, and Elizabeth Kenny. Crucial help and inspiration came from Pat O’Brien and Ricardo Cobo. He lives in Seattle.

Current Ensemble(s)


I-90 Collective

Portland Baroque

Baroque Music Montana


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