Lucas Harris studied at the Civica scuola di musica di Milano (as a Marco Fodella Foundation scholar) and at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Based first in New York and since 2004 in Toronto, he has become one of North America’s busiest lutenists. In addition to his regular engagements with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, he has worked with the Toronto Consort, Circa 1500, Apollo’s Fire, Les Voix Baroques, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, The Harp Consort, the Boston Early Music Festival orchestra, Les Délices, and many other ensembles. He is the founding member of the Toronto Continuo Collective, the Vesuvius Ensemble (dedicated to Southern Italian folk music), and the Lute Legends Ensemble (a multi-ethnic trio of lute, pipa, and oud). Lucas has also played with several modern-instrument groups, including the Boston, St. Louis, and Montréal Symphony Orchestras, the Metropolitan Opera, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Via Salzburg, with whom he was a concerto soloist. Recordings include the solo CD Baroque Lute Recital as well as a collaboration with violinist Geneviève Gilardeau, The Bach/Weiss Sonata.
Lucas is a regular faculty member of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute as well as Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute, and has recently joined the faculty of the Vancouver Early Music Festival’s Baroque Vocal Programme. He has also taught for the International Baroque Institute at Longy, the New York Continuo Collective, and Amherst Early Music/Lute Society of America. Lucas has been a guest music director with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Ohio State University Opera program, and Les Voix Baroques. He has just completed his M.M. in choral conducting at the University of Toronto with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, funded by a prestigious SSHRC research grant. In 2014-2015 Lucas will be a guest director with the Toronto Consort and will also begin as the new Artistic Director for the Toronto Chamber Choir.