Lucas Harris Theorbo & Guitar

Helicon Performances

Symposium 117 - “Sonata, what do you want of me?”

Lucas studied early music in Italy at the Civica scuola di musica di Milano (as a Marco Fodella Foundation scholar) and in Germany at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Following his European studies, he was based in New York City for five years and has made Toronto his home since 2004. He is on faculty at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute where he serves as lute instructor and coach for vocal and instrumental ensembles. He has also served for twelve years on faculty of Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute, where he has directed student performances of Baroque opera scenes. He has also recently joined the faculty of the Vancouver Early Music Festival’s Baroque Vocal Program, and has taught for the International Baroque Institute at Longy, the New York Continuo Collective, and Amherst Early Music. He has been invited to give lectures and master classes at several universities, including the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, and the Glenn Gould Conservatory.

As a lutenist, Lucas has become one of North America’s busiest performers. In addition to his regular engagements with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, he has worked with the Toronto Consort, Circa 1500, Apollo’s Fire, Les Voix Baroques, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, The Harp Consort, the Boston Early Music Festival orchestra, Les Délices, and many other ensembles. He is the founding member of the Toronto Continuo Collective, the Vesuvius Ensemble (dedicated to Southern Italian folk music), and the Lute Legends Ensemble (a multi-ethnic trio of lute, pipa, and oud). Lucas has also played with several modern-instrument groups, including the Boston, St. Louis, and Montréal Symphony Orchestras, the Metropolitan Opera, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Via Salzburg, with whom he was a concerto soloist. Recordings include the solo CD Baroque Lute Recital as well as The Bach/Weiss Sonata, a collaboration with violinist Geneviève Gilardeau.

He has completed his M.M. in choral conducting at the University of Toronto with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, funded by a prestigious SSHRC research grant. Lucas has been a guest music director with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Ohio State University Opera program, Vox Angelica, and Les Voix Baroques, and has created and directed a program of Austrian sacred music with the Toronto Consort. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Toronto Chamber Choir.