Paul O’Dette

Paul O’Dette has been described as “the clearest case of genius ever to touch his instrument.” One of the most influential figures in his field, O’Dette has helped define the technical and stylistic standards to which twenty-first-century performers of early music aspire. In doing so, he helped infuse the performance practice movement with a perfect combination of historical awareness, idiomatic accuracy, and ambitious self-expression. Paul O’Dette has made more than 150 recordings, winning two Grammys and garnering seven Grammy nominations. Best known for his solo lute recitals, O’Dette is also active conducting Baroque ensembles and operas. Paul O’Dette is also an avid researcher, having worked extensively on the performance and sources of seventeenth-century Italian and English solo song, continuo practices and historical lute technique. Paul O’Dette has served as Director of Early Music at the Eastman School of Music since 1976 and is Artistic Director of the Boston Early Music Festival.