Early Music Skills & Interests
Archlute, Conductor, Guitar, Lute, Other Plucked Strings, Theorbo
Early Music Affiliations
Artistic Director, Conductor, Music Director, Professional Performer
Lucas Harris studied the lute and early music at the Civica scuola di musica di Milano (as a Marco Fodella Foundation scholar) and then at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Based in Toronto since 2004, Lucas is the regular lutenist with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and enjoys a busy freelance career with dozens of other ensembles. He is on faculty at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute, and the Vancouver Early Music Festival’s Baroque Vocal Programme. Lucas is also a founding member of the Toronto Continuo Collective (continuo.ca), the Southern Italian folk group known as the Vesuvius Ensemble (vesuviusensemble.com), and the multi-ethnic Lute Legends Ensemble (lutelegends.com). Recordings include a solo CD ‘Baroque Lute Recital’ as well as the duo CD ‘The Bach/Weiss Sonata’ with violinist Geneviève Gilardeau.
In 2011 Lucas began graduate studies in choral conducting at the University of Toronto with the help of a prestigious SSHRC research award. He was named the new Artistic Director of the Toronto Chamber Choir just after graduating in 2014. Lucas has been a guest music director for the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Ohio State University Opera Program, Les voix baroques, and the Toronto Consort.
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