Lucas Harris

Lucas Harris studied early music at the Civica scuola di musica di Milano (as a scholar of the Marco Fodella Foundation) and at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen.  Since 2004 he bases his freelance career in Toronto, where he serves as the regular lutenist for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.  He is a 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 plays with many other ensembles in Canada and the USA and has worked recently with the Helicon Foundation, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Atalante, and Les Délices.  He teaches at the Tafelmusik Summer and Winter Baroque Institutes, Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute, and the Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School.  In 2014 Lucas completed graduate studies in choral conducting at the University of Toronto.  Upon graduating, Lucas was chosen as the Artistic Director of the Toronto Chamber Choir (which just completed its 50th anniversary season), for which he has created and conducted nearly twenty themed concert programs.  He has also directed projects for the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Ohio State University Opera Program, Les voix baroques, and the Toronto Consort.