The American-Korean lutenist, Talitha Witmer started her musical studies at age 4 with church choir and piano. When she was 9 she heard a lute on a CD and immediately fell in love with its sound. Her dream to study the lute was then realized at the age of 13, when she began her formal studies on the instrument in Tokyo.

 

Recent performances as a continuo player have included working with Claron McFadden, Etienne Siebens, Erik van Nevel, Maris Kupcs, and Walter Althammer. In 2017 she performed in the opera, Cendrillon by Jules Massenet together with Residentie Orkest, which in addition to playing the lute, Talitha also worked on editing the harp part for the lute and theorbo. She was selected in Eeemerging European Ensembles 2018 and in the International Young Artist's Presentation (IYAP) 2018 as a member of the ensemble, Le Voci delle Grazie. She performs in Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Latvia, the Netherlands, and Portugal. 

Over the years she took part in master classes by many of today’s leading lutenist, Yasunori Imamura, Nigel North, Paul O’Dette, Rolf Lislevand and Hopkinson Smith. She studied the lute and theorbo under Joachim Held and Mike Fentross at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where she obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Early Music. She played in numerous ensembles and projects led by established musicians such as Mieneke van der Velden, Daniël Brüggen, Peter-Jan Belder, Peter Kooij and Charles Toet. Talitha has performed in Festival Classique Den Haag, Modena Grandezze and Meraviglie Festival Musicale Estense, Utrecht Early Music Festival, and in many more festivals.

Alongside performing, she loves to teach children, read books, play the piano and go on day trips.  

 

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Current repertoire:

- Elizabethan and Jacobean lute music (John and Robert Dowland, John and Robert Johnson, John Sturt, etc.),

- French lute music in Style Brisé (Robert Ballard, Pierre Perrichon, etc.).

- Italian Baroque for Chitarrone (Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger, Alessandro Piccinini, Bellerofonte Castaldi.) Go to >>>MEDIA  

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