Lute Festival 2010 Performers
Chris Wilke

     Called by the Cincinnati Enquirer, “A master of several instruments,” Christopher Wilke is an eclectic musician who concentrates on music for modern and historical plucked string instruments as well as composition.  As such, he plays electric and acoustic guitars, renaissance and baroque lutes, and theorbo.

     Mr. Wilke released his debut recording for Centaur Records in 2007.  Charles Hurel:  Works for Theorbo features the complete solo music by Hurel performed on a 14-string theorbo.  “Wilke plays with conviction, sensitivity, and a warm, singing tone,” wrote Howard Posner in the Lute Society of America Quarterly, while American Record Guide states that “the sound Wilke produces from his instrument is absolutely gorgeous . . .  Christopher Wilke plays with an expert feel for this style.”

     As a modern performer, Christopher has collaborated with and/or premiered works by such notable living composers as Paul Lansky, Azio Corghi, Robert Denham, Angelo della Picca, and Michael Fiday.  His own original compositions include chamber, vocal and orchestral works.  His music is published by Les Productions d’Oz in Montreal, Canada.

     In addition to performing and composing, Mr. Wilke is also a dedicated teacher who has held faculty positions at Marshall University, Xavier University, and Northern Kentucky University.  He is also on the staff at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music’s Summer Guitar Workshop.  Mr Wilke is currently pursuing his doctorate in Early Music at the Eastman School of Music with lutenist and conductor, Paul O’Dette.

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Last updated 16 January AD 2016 – DFH

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