The Lute Legends Ensemble is a new collaboration between three of Toronto’s most noted performers and teachers of plucked-string instruments. Each player represents one of three ancient musical traditions: the glorious polyphony of the European Renaissance and Baroque, the virtuosic modal improvisation of the Middle East, and the picturesque musical depiction of nature from China. The lute, the oud, and the pipa each evolved extremely different playing techniques and styles along different parts of the Silk Road centuries ago. This new ensemble now brings the three instruments together in a cross-traditional experiment for the twenty-first century.


Lute Legends Ensemble is grateful to the Pluralism Fund for funding of this website.