lutes, theorbo, baroque guitar, oud
As a performer on lute, theorbo and Baroque guitar, August Denhard has appeared Baroque Northwest, Seattle Baroque, the Concord Ensemble, Chicago Music of the Baroque, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Camarata Pacifica Baroque, and many other ensembles specializing in early music. Mr. Denhard has given numerous solo recitals and is in demand as an accompanist of 17th century vocal music. He performs regularly in a lute song duo with tenor Eric Mentzel, and in duo with the Turkish udist/composer, Munir Nurettin Beken. Starting in 1995 he had a leadership role in the Bloomington Early Music Festival, working first as education director, then as opera producer and assistant director of the festival. He was appointed executive director of the Early Music Guild of Seattle, Washington, in 2000, and was instrumental in the founding of the Guild's baroque opera program, producing and/or performing in The Monteverdi Chamber Operas (2002), John Blow's Venus and Adonis (2005), Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea (2007), Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (2009), and A Day on the Town, A Night in Hell (2011). Mr. Denhard has taught early music at St. Xavier University in Chicago, the Interlochen Summer Music Camp, the Indiana University Summer Recorder Academy, and has lectured at the Lute Society of America Seminar. In 2011 he joined the faculty of the Ars Vocalis Mexico summer vocal workshop held in Zamora and Morelia. He holds degrees from Peabody Conservatory and Northwestern University, and completed his Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University in May of 2006. His dissertation, Lute Realizations for the English Cavalier Songs (1630-1670): A Guide for Performers, has been published on line by the Lute Society of America. Mr. Denhard is a three-time recipient of the Artist Support Grant from Jack Straw Productions in Seattle and has released two CDs, Cusp of the Baroque for solo lute, and A Meeting Place: Medieval and Renaissance Music for Lute and Ud on the Sono Luminus label. A third CD with tenor Eric Mentzel is in progress.
Gus on youtube:
- August Denhard plays Lady Banning's Almain
- August Denhard and Munir Nurettin Beken play a Turkish Folksong
- August Denhard accompanies tenor Eric Mentzel in Ma bergere non legere
- August Denhard and Bernard Gordillo perform improvisations on a ground by S. L. Weiss