Douglas Freundlich

Douglas Freundlich launched his lute career in the 1970s with The Greenwood Consort, winning the Erwin Bodky Award and Musical America’s "Young Artist of the Year". He has performed with many leading ensembles over the years, including the Boston Symphony, Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, The Musicians of Swanne Alley, Ex Machina, Capriole, Renaissonics, Hesperus, and the Revels.

Doug is a founding member of the Venere Lute Quartet, which has received rave reviews from Amadeus (Milan), Early Music America, Goldberg, and Renaissance Magazines. The Quartet's recordings, Sweet Division and Palestrina's Lute, are available through the Lute Society of America (

Doug's current season included an Italian tour with the VLQ, as well as tours and recording projects with Renaissonics, The Fanfare Consort, and Capella Alamire, and Hesperus. Doug teaches lute at the Longy School of Music, where he also directed the Early Music Program in the 1980s. Other lute teaching has included Lute Society of America Seminars, Mountain Collegium, Amherst Early Music, and Brandeis University.

Doug has commissioned many new works for the lute, and he edited the lute music of Betsy Warren for Wiscasset Press. He also cross-trains as a violone player and bebop bassist, catalogs early music manuscripts at Harvard, and teaches a course on music cognition at Tufts University. Recordings: TelArc, Titanic, Sine Qua Non, Revels, Radian Arts, LSA.