Thomas Dunford

Thomas Dunford © Julien Benhamou
BIOGRAPHY

Born in Paris in 1988, Thomas Dunford studied at the Paris Conservatory and the Schola Cantorum in Basel, as well as in various master classes with distinguished lute players.

Between 2003 and 2005, he debuted at the Comédie Française and since then he has performed around the world: Carnegie Hall and Frick Collection in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Washington Kennedy Center, Vancouver Recital Society, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, the Paris and Berlin Philharmonic, TAP Poitiers, WDR Köln and the Bozar in Brussels, among others, and at important festivals such as the Ambronay or the Leipzig Bachfest.

He is regularly invited to play and/or conduct ensembles and orchestras such as Les Arts Florissants, Academy of Ancient Music, La Cappella Mediterranea, Capriccio Stravagante, Le Center de Musique Baroque de Versailles, the Cincinnati Symphony, Collegium Vocale Gent, Le Concert Spirituel, La Fenice, Les Folies Françoises, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Pygmalion, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Marais Symphony, among many others. He has also conducted productions with Opera Lafayette in Washington DC since 2017.

In 2018, he created Jupiter, his own group that brings together great musicians such as Lea Desandre, Jean Rondeau, Sophie Gent, Théotime Langlois de Swarte, Bruno Philippe and Peter Whelan. Its first multi-award-winning Vivaldi album was released by Alpha in 2019. Jupiter has already been invited to perform on major venues in Europe and the United States, such as the Paris Philharmonie, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Radio France Auditorium, the ElbPhilharmonie in Hamburg, the Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall and the Easter Festival in Aix en Provence.

Dunford has worked on chamber music projects with conductors and soloists such as Paul Agnew, Nicola Benedetti, Keyvan Chemirani, William Christie, Jonathan Cohen, Lea Desandre, Isabelle Faust, Philippe Herreweghe, Monica Huggett, Anne-Sophie von Otter and Trevor, among others.

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