Virtuoso english lutenist and guitarist.
Lutenist Richard MacKenzie is rapidly gaining recognition as a soloist and
collaborative artist on renaissance and baroque lutes, renaissance and baroque
guitars, vihuela, orpharion and theorbo.
He is currently a permanent member of multiple ensembles, including; Chordophony
(Europe's only professional lute quartet), Charivari Agréable (dir. Kah-Ming
Ng), Oxford Baroque (dir. Jeremy Summerly), The Portrait Choir
(choir-in-residence at The National Portrait Gallery), Lyrica, Galliarda,
Balisiensis and Mascherata, and his many collaborations include Ex Cathedra
(dir. Jeffrey Skidmore), Linden Baroque, The Marian Consort, Cöthen Baroque, New
London Orchestra (dir. Ronald Corp), The Madrigirls, Ars Nova, The Orchestra of
the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Academy
Opera and Baroque Orchestra (dir. Jane Glover), The Bristol Baroque Soloists, The
Yorkshire Baroque Soloists (dir. Peter Seymour), His Majestys Sagbutts and
Cornetts, I Fagiolini (dir. Robert Hollingworth), Solomon's Knot, The BREMF
Renaissance Orchestra, The MUSARC Choir, Fiori Musicali featuring James Bowman,
Viaggio Musicale (University of Oxford ensemble, dir. Richard MacKenzie), The
City Waites (dir. Lucie Skeaping), The Apollo Baroque Consort, Vignette
Productions, The Amadè Players, The Brook Street Band, Nonsuch Dance Company and
Musicians, Vespri Segreti, Sounds Baroque, The North Cotswold Chamber Choir
(dir. Sarah Tenant-Flowers), The Fieri Consort, Il Festino, and Oxford's New
Chamber Opera (dir. Michael Burden, mus. dir. Steven Devine).
In April 2012 Richard assistant-directed the European Lute Orchestra's
appearance at the Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza. Summer 2012 saw Richard working as a
musician (medieval lute, cittern, tambourella, field drum) at Shakepeare's Globe
for their production of Shakepeare's 'Henry V' (feat. Jamie Parker). Spring 2014
saw Richard return to Shakespeare's Globe as principal musician for the revival
of Lucy Bailey's controversial production of Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus'.
Music festival appearances include York Early Music Festival (twice), Lufthansa
Festival of Baroque Music, Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) (twice),
Festival van Vlaanderen-Antwerpen (AMUZ), Royal Greenwich International Early
Music Festival and Exhibition (twice), London Handel Festival, Oxford Early
Music Festival, Wilderness Festival, Clifton International Festival, Turl Street
Arts Festival and Freemantle Music and Arts Festival.
Richard has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' on multiple occasions, and
he has appeared on BBC Two's 'London Calling' with Jools Holland (see Youtube video below). He is due to
appear on the soundtrack of the forthcoming cinematic release 'Bill', featuring
the cast of BBC television's 'Horrible Histories'. Richard will also make his
dramaturgical cinematic and DVD debut upon the release of Shakespeare's Globe's
In 2011 Richard completed a degree in music at The Queen's College, University
of Oxford. Whilst studying at the university he was also a keen solo performer,
performing seven solo recitals in some of the most diverse concert venues across
he continues to occasionally study lute with the internationally renowned
lutenists Jakob Lindberg and Jacob Heringman, having previously studied at
Chetham's School of Music with Hugh Cherry and Martin Shepherd, a school where
has was awarded three prizes, including those for 'Early Music' and for
In 2012 the Lute Society of Great Britain published his first
edition, a critical edition and reconstruction of the ensemble works from
Giovanni Battista Granata's Armoniosi Toni (Bologna, 1684). Richard also
possesses diplomas in recorder and clarinet performance, and was principal
clarinettist for the National Children's Orchestra in his youth.
Richard is an experienced recorder, guitar, piano and academic music tutor,
tutoring up to A-Level, and also tutoring ABRSM theory grades. He has taught
lute seminars and masterclasses involving members of the student community both
at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the University of
Chichester. He was also made a tutor on the NWEMF's summer school at the age of
17. Addionally, Richard has conducting and piano accompanimental experience,
once directing a staged performance of Handel's 'The Choice of Hercules', and
co-directing the Heanor Community Choir and Full House Orchestra.
You can also find out more about Richard on his website.