Lucas Harris studied the lute and early music at the Civica scuola di musica di Milano (as a Marco Fodella Foundation scholar) and at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. In addition to being the regular lutenist with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, he collaborates with many other ensembles. He is the founder of the ‘pluck band’ known as the Toronto Continuo Collective (www.continuo.ca) as well as the Southern-Italian folk group known as the Vesuvius Ensemble (www.vesuviusensemble.com). Recent recordings include the solo CD Baroque Lute Recital as well as a collaboration with violinist Geneviève Gilardeau, The Bach/Weiss Sonata.
Lucas is a regular faculty member of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute as well as Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute, and has recently joined the faculty of the Vancouver Early Music Festival’s Baroque Vocal Programme. Lucas has been a guest music director with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Ohio State University Opera program, and Les Voix Baroques, and will also direct “The Emperor’s Chapel” with the Toronto Consort in February 2015. He has just completed his M.M. in choral conducting at the University of Toronto with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, funded by a prestigious SSHRC research grant. He is pleased to have been appointed the new Artistic Director of the Toronto Chamber Choir beginning this season.
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