Paul O'Dette

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Paul O'Dette at the Festival Oude Muziek 2013 in Utrecht.

Paul R. O'Dette (born February 2, 1954, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States) is an American lutenist, conductor, and musicologist specializing in early music.

O'Dette began playing the electric guitar in a rock band in Columbus, Ohio, where he grew up. Eventually this led him into playing guitar transcriptions of lute music, and not long after that he opted for the lute (as well as the related archlute, theorbo, and Baroque guitar) as his primary instruments, and now he specializes in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque music. He has made more than 120 recordings, earning five Grammy nominations and numerous other awards. In addition to his activities as a performer, Paul O'Dette is an avid researcher, having worked extensively on the performance and sources of seventeenth-century Italian and English solo song, continuo practices and lute technique.

Since 1976, he has served as Professor of Lute and Director of Early Music at the Eastman School of Music. He is the Co-Artistic Director of the Boston Early Music Festival. He lives in Rochester, New York with his wife Christel Thielmann, who is also a baroque music specialist and Eastman professor.

Discography

Solo

Selected Ensemble

  • Italian Lute Duets, from the 16th and Early 17th Centuries (1979) (with Hopkinson Smith)
  • English Lute Duets (1985) (with Jakob Lindberg)
  • Antonio Vivaldi: Music for Lute and Mandolin (1986) (with the Parlay of Instruments, directed by Roy Goodman and Peter Holman)
  • As I Went to Walsingham: Elizabethan Music (1987) (with The Musicians of Swanne Alley, directed by Lyle Nordstrom, and Paul O'Dette)
  • The King's Delight: 17th Century Ballads for Voice and Violin Band (1994) (with The King's Noyse, directed by David Douglass)
  • Canzonetta: 16th Century Canzoni & Instrumental Dances (1995) (with The King's Noyse, directed by David Douglass) (reissued as Italian Renaissance Dances, Volume 2)
  • Spanish Dances: Selections from Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz's 'Luz y Norte' (1996) (with The Harp Consort, directed by Andrew Lawrence-King)
  • The Queen's Delight: 17th Century English Ballads and Dances (1997) (with The King's Noyse, directed by David Douglass)
  • ¡Jácaras!: 18th Century Spanish Baroque Guitar Music of Santiago de Murcia (1998) (with Andrew Lawrence-King, Pedro Estevan, Patrick O'Brien, and Steven Player)
  • Apollo's Banquet: 17th Century Music from the Publications of John Playford (1998) (with David Douglass, and Andrew Lawrence-King) (reissued as English Country Dances: 17th Century Music from the Publications of John Playford)
  • Il Zazzerino: Music of Jacopo Peri (1999) (with Andrew Lawrence-King, Ellen Hargis, and Hille Perl)
  • Anthony Holborne: "My Selfe" 16th Century Pavans, Galliards, and Almains (1999) (with The King's Noyse, directed by David Douglass)
  • Seaven Teares: Music of John Dowland (2002) (with The King's Noyse, directed by David Douglass)
  • Pavaniglia: Dances and Madrigals from 17th-Century Italy (2005) (with Andrew Lawrence-King, and The King's Noyse, directed by David Douglass)
  • Le Jardin de Mélodies: 16th Century French Dances and Songs (2006) (with The King's Noyse, directed by David Douglass, and Ellen Hargis)
  • The Christmas Album (2006) (with Ellen Hargis)
  • Rosenmüller: 17th Century Instrumental and Vocal Music (2008) (with The King's Noyse, directed by David Douglass, and Ellen Hargis)

External links

  • Biography from Eastman School of Music
  • Biography and Concert Schedule (Harmonia Mundi)
  • Paul O'Dette interview by Bruce Duffie
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