Bor Zuljan and Peter Croton, two leading lutenists of their generations, have joined forces to explore the seldom-performed duet repertoire for the baroque lute. Composers such as Vieux Gautier, François Dufaut, G.P. Telemann and S.L. Weiss will be performed, and their 40 strings will vibrate together with unique rhetorical expression.
(photos by Manuel Maio)
Bor Zuljan is active in different musical genres playing many kinds of early, modern and traditional plucked-strings instruments. Called the “Revolutionary of the lute” (Le Soir), he's been specializing particularly in the music of the Renaissance, rediscovering forgotten improvisation and playing techniques, instruments and sounds.
He is performing regularly as soloist and with ensembles, such as Tasto Solo, Graindelavoix, L'Achéron, Vox Luminis, Il Giardino Armonico, in duo with Dusan Bogdanovic, with Romain Bockler (Dulces Exuviae) as well as with his ensemble La Lyra. His critical edition of Gorzanis' Second lute book has been published by the Slovenian Musicological Society, resulting also in an awarded CD “La barca del mio amore” with music by the same composer, featuring La Lyra and the italian singer Pino De Vittorio (Arcana - Outhere Music). His CD "Josquin - Adieu mes amours" with the duo Dulces Exuviae has appeared under the legendary early music label Ricercar (Outhere Music) to great critical acclaim. His first solo album “Dowland - A Fancy” was published by the same label and was awarded the prestigious Diapason d'Or de l'année 2020, CHOC de Classica and Gramophone's Editor's Choice. His new solo recording “Gesualdo - Il liuto del Principe” has just been published, wining the Diapason d’Or.
In 2007 he started studying at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève where he then obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Guitar and Lute performance (Dusan Bogdanovic), continued with a specialization in Medieval music and finished a MA in lute pedagogy. Since 2011 he has been working as research assistant at the same school on a project on Fantasia improvisation on lute in the 16th Century, a topic he is developing for his doctoral thesis at the CESR in Tours. He teaches lute at the CPMDT de Geneva, and has given numerous conferences and master classes at institutions, such as the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, HEM de Genève and CNSMD Lyon. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw-EmEPTsqKUKi3zYj75A6A/videos?view=0
Award-winning lutenist and romantic-guitarist Peter Croton is an active performer & recording artist as soloist & accompanist. In the press he has been called a “lyric poet of the lute” and has been praised for his “breathtaking virtuosity” and “astonishing range of tone colors and dynamics”. His compositions for voice & lute have been described as “challenging and refined... highly suited for inclusion in today's concert repertoire”. Born in the USA, Peter Croton lives in Switzerland, where he teaches at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensisand Conservatories of Music in Basel and Bern (lute, romantic guitar, and thoroughbass and historical performance practice). He studied lute from 1977-1983 with Dr. Loris Chobanian (Oberlin Conservatory of Music), Eugen Dombois and Hopkinson Smith (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis).Peter won first prize at the Erwin Bodky Competition for Early Music in Cambridge MA (1984), has recorded numerous CDs, appeared on television and radio as soloist and chamber musician. and has appeared at many international festivals.
His newest books, A Method for the Renaissance Lute, with a supplement for the archlute (2019) and A Method for the Baroque Lute based on historical sources (2022) have been published by Le Luth Doré. Earlier books include his instruction manual Figured Bass on the Classical Guitar: a practical approach based on historical principles (Amadeus Verlag, 2005), Performing Baroque Music on the Classical Guitar (Amazon/Createspace, 2015), and Performing Baroque Music on the Lute & Theorbo (Amazon/Createspace, 2016). Six of his compositions for lute and voice were published by the German Lute Society (1999), and his four new settings of texts by William Shakespeare for lute and voice were published by Tree Edition (2009). https://www.youtube.com/user/pcroton www.peter-croton.com