Paul Kieffer (b.1990) is a lutenist and specialist of old plucked instruments. His debut solo recording of royal lute music from Renaissance France was nominated by the ICMA for best album of 2016 in the category of early music, and his 2017 solo recording (Arcana/Outhere Music) of 16th-century Italian music for the lute and viola da mano received wide international acclaim. As a chamber musician and multi-instrumentalist he performs over 50 concerts per year around Europe with groups like Arcangelo (UK), Capriccio Barockorchester (CH), Concerto Copenhagen (DE), Ensemble La Fenice (FR), Ensemble Leones (DE), MusicAeterna (RU), Scherzi Musicali (BE) et al. As a basso continuo player he took part in productions in the Berliner Philharmonie (Großer Saal), Kölner Philharmonie, Cité de la musique (Paris), Megaron (Athens), Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow), Teatro Real (Madrid), Grande Auditório da Gulbenkian (Lisbon), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Grand Hall and others. He also took part in radio broadcasts on France Musique, Radio Rai 3 (IT), Radio 4 (NL), RTBF (BE), SRF 2 Kultur (CH) and SWR (DE), and appears on over a dozen CDs (labels incl. Arcana, Claves, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Ibs Classical, Naxos, Ricercar, et al.). As an ensemble player he has appeared in early music festivals in Ambronay, Barcelona, Basel, Bruges and Utrecht. Of both American (father) and Yugoslav (mother) origin, he immigrated to Switzerland in his early 20s where he had the fortune of studying at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis under support of the Maja Sacher Stiftung where he received an MA with honours. His articles on performance practice are published by the Lute Society (UK), and he is now co-authoring a large bibliography of works for the lute, vihuela and guitar with John Griffiths for Oxford University Press. Apart from the lute he enjoys singing sacred music of the 15th and 16th centuries and playing the Turkish and Arabic oud.
Abendmusiken in der Predigerkirche
12. November 2017, 17h in der Basler Predigerkirche
Solo recital tour:
20. October 2017 (Vienna): La canzon delli ucelli/Le Chant des oyseaux | Music of Janequin, Richafort, Arcadelt, de Sermisy, Garnier, Capirola, F da Milano, P. Borrono and M. Dall’Aquila (6-course lute)
21. October 2017 (Regensburg): La canzon delli ucelli/Le Chant des oyseaux
22. October 2017 (Regensburg): Zwischen Berg und tiefem Tal | All German lute music. Pieces by H. and M. Newsidler, A. Blindhamer, F. Hungersperger, S. Ochsenkun, M. Reymann, G. Krengel, S. Kargel, E. Mertel, et al. (7-course lute)
PLECTRUM LUTES c.1500. Photos from concert on 27.09.2017 opening the festival Basel Plucks (Marc Lewon, Paul Kieffer: lute. Grace Newcombe: soprano)
Review of new solo disc in Early Music Review (UK).
Upcoming concert at festival Basel Plucks.
Review of Sunday’s concert of Bach with Arcangelo dir. Jonathan Cohen
Review from the Belgian lute society
CD-Rezension von Remy Franck
Le luthiste Paul Kieffer joue Il Barbarino
Recording CD of Giovanni Felice Sances with Scherzi Musicali for the label Ricercar.
Read review of solo lute CD
Scenes from the Bayerische Nationalmuseum in München.
Click here to listen and read (IT) about new lute CD
Fotos von Proben in der Basler Peterskirche 6.1.2017
Review of « Jacques Le Polonois | Pièces de luth » in Early Music Review (UK)
Paul Kieffer’s 2016 solo recording of the lute works of Jacob Polonois《Jacques Le Polonois》has been nominated by ICMA for their 2017 awards in the category of “Early Music”
Concert with Alex Potter at the Utrecht Early Music Festival. G. Legrenzi, G. Rovetta, Solo Motets and Sonatas – Geertekerk, Utrecht (NL) 17h00
Review of concert in Vézelay
Review of « Jacques Le Polonois | Pièces de luth » published this week in «Le Babillard»
Review from Spain of « Jacques Le Polonois | Pièces de luth »
Performing solo recital in Treviso, Italy (photo: Elisa Marchesini)
Upcoming solo recital in Treviso (IT)
Rehearsing with Gabriel Jublin for recording on CLAVES records (CH). Concert on 30.04 in Saint-Raphaël, France.
Review of « Jacques Le Polonois | Pièces de luth » in Lute News (UK): “[…] The seriousness and refinement of Reys’s music (not to mention its difficulty—Reys was not afraid of awkward positions and unfriendly keys) find a worthy advocate in the young Paul Kieffer, whose playing is excellent throughout, and a suitable vehicle in a fine 8-course lute by Grant Tomlinson. […] Lutenist and lute work together to make a sound which is suitably bright on the treble side and mellow in the bass, full-bodied and secure with faultless intonation and excellent balance across the range of the lute, which is just what is wanted in polyphonic writing. Chordal passages are beautifully controlled and ‘together’, and phrasing and rubato are always very musical. Apparently Kieffer played every piece from memory for this recording, an approach which I think bears fruit in the sense of his mastery and control. One should also mention that 18 of the pieces here have never been recorded before […]” – Christopher Goodwin, The Lute Society (England)
Recording with Marc Lewon on Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen SRF
Solo CD « Jacques Le Polonois | Pièces de luth »