Baroque opera & orchestral director, Early Harp virtuoso, continuo-wizard, specialist in baroque gesture and Historical Action, Andrew Lawrence-King is one of the world’s leading performers of Early Music and the most recorded harpist of all time.
Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for the History of Emotions from 2011-2015, Professor at London’s Guildhall School, and at Royal Danish Academy of Music, Dr Lawrence-King investigates and teaches early harps & continuo, medieval music-drama & baroque opera, baroque gesture and Flow. His ensembles, The Harp Consort and Il Corago, combine state-of-the-art research and period detail with stylish improvisation and entertaining stage presentation.
Andrew Lawrence-King has directed early opera and baroque music at La Scala, Milan; Sydney Opera House; Casals Hall, Tokyo; Berlin, Vienna & Moscow Philharmonics; Carnegie Hall & Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes. This season he directs a new production of the earliest surviving Spanish baroque opera, Celos aun del aire matan, in Moscow and premieres his own composition Kalevala: the Opera in Finland.
Accolades include UK Gramophone Award; German Echo Prize; Dutch Edison Award; US Noah Greenberg Prize for musicology/performance collaboration; a Grammy and Australia’s Helpmann Award together with Jordi Savall; and as opera director, US Handel Society for his CD recording of Almira, and the Golden Mask, Russia’s highest music-theatre award for Anima e Corpo.
Andrew holds the RYA’s coveted Ocean Yachtmaster certificate, and spends most of his free time aboard his boat, ‘Continuo’ or sea-kayaking. This nautical passion is expressed in his recording of Guernesiais traditional music, Les Travailleurs de la Mer: Ancient Songs from a Small Island. Andrew is a marathon runner and trains in modern Epee, 17th-century Rapier, Tai Chi and Wing Chun. He is also a qualified Hypnotist.