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Kevin Payne

Lutenist Kevin Payne is active as a recitalist, accompanist, and continuo player in the New York area. Kevin is a member of Juilliard 415, the Buxtehude Consort, and the Peabody Consort, with whom he recently completed a tour of Taiwan.  Recent ensemble work includes performances with the Yale Schola Cantorum, Bard College Opera, Juilliard 415, and Hesperus; and he has worked with noted conductors including William Christie, Monica Huggett, Jordi Savall, and Masaaki Suzuki.  Performance venues include Alice Tully Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.  Kevin was chosen to represent the Lute Society of America for their 2011 Emerging Artist Recital series at the Boston Early Music Festival.

Payne holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied Renaissance lute with Mark Cudek and theorbo with Richard Stone.  Payne has had additional studies with Ronn McFarlane, and performed in master classes for Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, and Hopkinson Smith.  He is the first lutenist to be accepted to the prestigious Juilliard School, where he is pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Historical Plucked Instruments with Pat O’Brien.

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