Meet a Musician: Nigel North, Lutenist



Bloomington, Indiana, is a special city for musicians—visitor or resident, foreign or domestic, famous or little-known. It also happens to be a city with a large university and a large school of music, a meeting place for all kinds of performers, educators, and researchers. This post is part of a photo series that looks at the many people in Bloomington who call themselves a musician.

It is no overstatement to say that Nigel North is one of the world’s great lutenists—a master on the Renaissance and baroque versions of the lute, the baroque guitar, and theorbo, to name a few.

Nigel is also recognized as an authority on basso continuo accompaniment, an art he’s not only practiced for nearly four decades but has taught to many a lutenist and keyboardist, alike.

In fact, he was one of my first basso continuo teachers and, perhaps early on, the most influential. From Nigel’s lessons, I was able to take away a sense of discipline. He debunked the pervading idea that basso continuo is somehow divined from nothingness and sought, instead, to explain it in concrete terms—a methodical approach based on historical evidence.

And while I’ve since had equally influential teachers, I can still say that the fundamental approach he taught me has definitely served me well.

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