Richard Stone, lutenist and Tempesta di Mare Director and co-founder, has performed in solo recitals, music series and festivals worldwide. The New York Times called his playing “beautiful” and “lustrously melancholy,” while the Washington Post described it as having “the energy of a rock solo and the craft of a classical cadenza.” He recently completed a two-season nationwide solo tour of the Bach lute suites. Solo recordings include lute suites of Silvius Leopold Weiss, the world premiere of the complete lute concerti of Weiss, performed with Tempesta di Mare and, most recently, the Fasch lute concerto, also with Tempesta. Other recording and broadcast credits include Chandos, Deutsche Grammophon, PolyGram, Lyrichord, Musical Heritage, NPR, the BBC and Czech Radio. He is one of the most highly regarded baroque vocal accompanists in the United States and is in constant demand as a continuo player on lute, archlute and theorbo. Recent guest appearances include the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony. Conducting credits include Monteverdi’s Poppea, Steffani’s Stabat Mater and Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, all led from the theorbo. Stone joined the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory in fall 2007. He studied lute with Patrick O’Brien at SUNY Purchase, and with Nigel North as a Fulbright Lusk Scholar at London’s Guildhall School.