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 glowing reviews from Amadeus (Milan), Early Music America, Goldberg, and Renaissance Magazine. His arrangements for lute quartet are featured on The Quartet’s recordings, Sweet Division, and Palestrina’s Lute, both available through the LSA. Doug also has recordings on the TelArc, Titanic, Sine Qua Non, Revels, and Radian Arts labels. Doug’s current season included tours and recording projects with the VLQ, Renaissonics, Fanfare Consort, and the Berkshire Choral Festival.
Doug teaches lute at the Longy School of Music, where he directed the Early Music program in the 1980s and served as Acting Chair this past Fall. 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 University, and teaches a popular course on music cognition at Tufts University.