ACCLAIMED LUTENIST TO PERFORM AT GOLD COAST PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Gold Coast Public Library proudly presents an afternoon recital of exquisite music by virtuoso lutenist Christopher Morrongiello. A graduate of the Mannes College of Music and University of Oxford and a recipient of the prestigious British Marshall Scholarship, Dr. Morrongiello has been actively promoting the lute and its repertoire in concerts, recordings, and academic journals for more than twenty years. He has performed for HRM Queen of England and was a prizewinner in the BBC Radio Two Young Musician of the Year Competition. His recital will be played on an authentic gut-strung Renaissance lute. During the performance he will give an account of this beautiful instrument’s fascinating history, cultural significance, and playing technique. Do join us for what promises to be a splendid, memorable event!
Lutenist Christopher Morrongiello, a former British Marshall Scholar, is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, the Royal College of Music, and the University of Oxford, where he earned a Ph.D. in musicology. He has studied with Jakob Lindberg, Paul Beier, and Patrick O’Brien. As a recitalist, he has performed to critical acclaim throughout Europe and the United States. In 1993 he was a prizewinner in the BBC Radio Two Young Musician of the Year Competition and in 1996 awarded a Marco Fodella Foundation Scholarship for studies and research in Milan, Italy. In 2006, in recognition of his excellence as a teacher, scholar, and performer, the Lute Society of America conferred upon him its first Patrick O’Brien LSA Seminar Lectureship.
Morrongiello is a professor in music history at Hofstra University and teaches lute and related historical plucked instruments in his private studio. He is a member of the Venere Lute Quartet and ALBA Consort, performs regularly with soprano Marcia Young, and directs the New York-based Bacheler Consort.
Article from the Gold Coast Public Library Website.
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