Headshot of Lucas Harris

Lucas Harris is a specialist in historical plucked string instruments, and owns nearly twenty instruments ranging from early Renaissance lutes to an 1831 guitar by Gaetano Guadagnini.  He discovered the lute during his undergraduate studies at Pomona College, where he graduated summa cum laude.  He then studied the lute and early music at the Civica scuola di musica di Milano and at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen before beginning his freelancing career in New York City.  For the past two decades he bases his activities in Toronto, where he serves as the regular lutenist for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.  He is a founding member of the Toronto Continuo Collective, the Vesuvius Ensemble (dedicated to Southern Italian folk music), and the Lute Legends Collective (an association of specialists in ancient plucked-string traditions from diverse cultures).  Lucas plays with many ensembles in Canada and the USA and has worked in recent years with the Helicon Foundation, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, The Newberry Consort, Les Délices, and Jordi Savall / Le Concert des Nations.  He teaches at the Tafelmusik Summer and Winter Baroque Institutes, Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute, and the Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School, and is a regular guest artist with Early Music Vancouver.  Also a choral conductor, Lucas has been the Artistic Director of the Toronto Chamber Choir since 2014 and has developed nearly thirty themed concert programs for the TCC.  He has also been a guest director for the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Ohio State University Opera Program, Les voix baroques, Atalante, and the Toronto Consort.