Thomas Dunford

Thomas Dunford (born 1988) is a French lutenist.[1] He is the son of American viola da gambist Jonathan Dunford and viola da gambist Sylvia Abramowicz.[2][3]

Photo of Thomas Dunford

He completed his musical studies in 2006 at the Conservatoire de Paris, and earned his bachelor's degree in 2009. He began his performing career as the lutenist in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on stage at the Comédie Française in 2005[1][4]

His first solo CD Lachrimae, recorded for the Alpha label in 2012, was awarded the Caecilia prize in 2013. BBC Music Magazine called him the “Eric Clapton of the lute”.[5][6] His second CD Labirinto d’Amore was awarded the «Choc» by Classica magazine. He plays with a number of ensembles including Les Arts Florissants, the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Le Concert Spirituel, and Le Concert d'Astrée[1] as well as performing solo and with other leading artists.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Oron, Aryeh (May 2019). "Thomas Dunford (Lute)". Bach Cantatas Website. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  2. ^ O’Connor, Andrew. "Dowland:Lachrimae". International Record Review. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  3. ^ Hillériteau, Thierry (30 March 2019). "Thomas Dunford dans la famille du concert baroque". Le Figaro. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Thomas Dunford (lute)". Hyperion Records. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Dowland: Lachrimae". BBC Music Magazine. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  6. ^ Swed, Mark (21 November 2019). "Commentary: The once-scorned idea of an L.A. community of musicians has come to fruition". Lots Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  7. ^ Midgette, Anne (15 May 2019). "Countertenor Iestyn Davies, lutenist Thomas Dunford mesmerize in D.C. recital". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 February 2020.