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Classical: Baroque Classical: Early Music

By Location
CANADA - Ontario

Links
Toronto Continuo Collective

Lucas Harris

Lucas Harris began his musical life as a jazz guitarist in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. After graduating summa cum laude from Pomona College, he studied for a year in Italy at the Civica scuola di musica di Milano as one of the first Marco Fodella Foundation scholars, and then for a year in Germany at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Lucas keeps a busy schedule as a continuo player for dozens of Baroque ensembles across North America. Since 2004 he is based in Toronto where he is a regular with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, having been featured in many programs including the Galileo Project. Lucas teaches each summer at Oberlin Conservatory's Baroque Performance Institute and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and has also taught for the International Baroque Institute at Longy and Amherst Early Music. He is a founder of the Toronto Continuo Collective (www.continuo.ca), a weekly class and performing ‘pluck band’ dedicated to learning the art of seventeenth-century accompaniment. Some notable projects include a lute concerto program for CBC radio’s Young Artist Series, a solo recital for the Minnesota Guitar Society, the solo CD Baroque Lute Recital, as well as performances with the Lute Legends Ensemble (with Chinese pipa virtuoso Wen Zhao and oud virtuoso Bassam Bishara). Also a music director and conducting student at the University of Toronto, Lucas led a production of Cavalli’s La Calisto for the Opera Program at Ohio State University, and was guest director with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver. He was praised for his work with Les voix humaines in Montréal: “La révélation du concert est le luthiste torontois Lucas Harris, qui tisse un fil poétique à travers ses interventions infiniment subtiles. La douceur et la patience de son jeu émerveillent.” (Le Devoir)