Paul O'Dette


Paul O'Dette Photo credit: Jennifer Girard

Paul O'Dette has been described as “the clearest case of genius ever to touch his instrument.” (Toronto Globe and Mail) He appears regularly at major festivals throughout the world performing lute recitals and chamber music programs with leading early music colleagues. He has made more than 150 recordings, winning two Grammy awards, eight Grammy nominations, and numerous other international awards. The Complete Lute Music of John Dowland (a 5-CD set for harmonia mundi usa), was awarded the prestigious Diapason D'or de l'année, and was named Best Solo Lute Recording of Dowland by BBC Radio 3. The Bachelar’s Delight: Lute Music of Daniel Bacheler was nominated for a Grammy in 2006 as Best Solo Instrumental Recording. Also active as a conductor of Baroque opera, he won a Grammy for Best Opera Recording of 2014, two Echo Klassik Awards, a Diapason D'or de l'année, and the Jahrespreis der Deutschenschallplattenkritik. In addition to his activities as a performer, he is an avid researcher, having worked extensively on the performance and sources of 17th-century Italian and English solo song, continuo practices, and lute music. He has published numerous articles on issues of historical performance practice and co-authored the Dowland entry in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. O'Dette is Professor of Lute and Director of Early Music at the Eastman School of Music and is Artistic Co-Director of the Boston Early Music Festival.