PROM 2: July 18
Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe’s leading lute players. Equally at home in solo, chamber music and the opera house, she combines a love of the lute repertoire with a flair for imaginative collaborations that enrich an unusually varied performing life. Her playing has been described as ‘incandescent’ (Music and Vision), ‘radical’ (Independent On Sunday) and ‘indecently beautiful’ (Toronto Post). In twenty years of touring, she has played with many of the world’s best period instrument groups and experienced many different approaches to music-making. She played with Les Arts Florissants 1992-2007 and with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 1997-2015. Her research interests have led to critically acclaimed recordings of Lawes, Purcell and Dowland, and to the formation of her ensemble Theatre of the Ayre. She is Director of Performance at the University of Oxford and Professor of Lute at the Royal Academy of Music.