Patrick O'Brien


Patrick O'Brien has played and taught guitars, lutes, and historical harps in his native New York City for almost 50 years; he played and sang folkloric and popular music as well as jazz and contemporary classical guitar before coming to early music. Has taught Renaissance and Baroque lutes, vihuela, early guitar, theorbo, archlute, cittern, and early harp at Sarah Lawrence, Mannes, N.Y.U., Queens College, Stony Brook U., and SUNY Purchase. A longtime director of the Lute Society of America, O'Brien is also a director of the New York Continuo Collective. He has performed and taught at the Boston, Holland, and Vancouver early music festivals; New York City Opera; the Nottingham and Toronto guitar festivals; Basel Historical Harp Festival, Guitar Foundation of America Annual Conference, Musica Antigua de Gijón (Spain), and Scuola Civica di Musica (Milan). Has recorded with the King's Noyse, the Harp Consort, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, and, with Dennis Cinelli, the 19th-century guitar duets of J.K. Mertz. He's also recorded with lutenist Paul O'Dette, with whom he is writing a method for 16th-century lute.