Lute Festival 2008 Faculty
Eric Mentzel

      Eric Mentzel returned to the United States in 2002 after living in Germany for 15 years.  He has enjoyed an international career as an early music specialist, working with such conductors as Andrew Parrott, Howard Arman, Paul van Nevel, and Jean Tubery.  He has appeared at major festivals and premiere concert venues across Europe, including the Holland Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Brussels Palais de Beaux Arts, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham; concert tours have taken him as far as Japan and Australia.  Mentzel is also known for his close collaboration with some of the most highly regarded ensembles in the early music field, including Sequentia, the Ferrara Ensemble, and the Huelgas Ensemble.  He has appeared on more than 40 CDs for Sony, Decca, BMG, Harmonia Mundi, Arcana, Opus 111, Raumklang, Naxos and others, and his recordings have been awarded the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Grammy), the Diapason d’Or de l’Année, and the Choc de Musique (French recording awards).  He is also the director of Vox Resonat, an ensemble devoted to the performance of medieval and Renaissance vocal music, which has recorded two CDs for the Marc Aurel Edition label.  Eric Mentzel is Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Oregon and is frequently invited to teach workshops and master classes in Europe and North America.  He is on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands, and has taught at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, the Vancouver Early Music Programme in British Columbia, and the San Francisco Early Music Society summer workshop.

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