Timothy Burris, Lutenist


Instruments Played
Theorbo, Lute

Current Performance Ensembles
St Mary Schola
Music's Quill

Personal Summary / Bio

Timothy Burris has performed throughout Europe and the US, both as a soloist and an accompanist. He has appeared in concert with singers Jennifer Lane, Julianne Baird, and Robert Holl, among others, and with such instrumentalists as Robert Hill, Brent Wissick, and Richard Luby.

In addition to solo recordings, he has done CD projects with Jennifer Lane, Tamara Matthews, Timothy Neill Johnson, New York Baroque, and the Koorprojekt Rotterdam, among others. He can be heard playing Bach's c minor Prelude in "Shock Act", the prize-winning short-film DVD by Seth Grossman.

Mr Burris taught lute for six years at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp, and currently teaches at the Portland Conservatory of Music in Maine and Colby College.

His foreign-language talents include fluency in German, French, and Dutch, and excellent facility in Spanish and Italian. His linguistic skills enhance his abilities as an accompanist, as well as adding to his effectiveness in coaching singers and instrumentalists in educational events such as master classes. He has an especial interest in French poetry, something he nurtured during more than two years of private study with French professors at the universities of Amsterdam and Leiden.

His dissertation research was done primarily at Dresden’s Sächsische Landesbibliothek, in the final stages with the generous support of a Fulbright fellowship (to the Technical University of Dresden), and the kind assistance of the TU's Prof. Dr. Hans-Günter Ottenberg.



Professional Performer or Semi-Pro Performer

My Music

TitleComposerPerformer/EnsembleUpload DateLengthPlayDownload
La Rousée du joly mois de mayJean Planson (ca 1545 - after 1612)Music's Quill: Timothy Neill Johnson, tenor; Timothy Burris, luteSep 4 20112:02
Prelude from BWV 998 (unedited rehearsal take)J.S. BachTimothy Burris, baroque luteSep 28 20103:05
Sarabanda de E.R. (unedited rehearsal take)Esaias Reußner (the Younger)Timothy Burris, baroque luteSep 27 20101:27
Prelude (unedited rehearsal take)Philip RosseterTimothy BurrisSep 26 20100:43
There is a Lady, Sweet and Kind (live concert recording)Thomas FordMusic's QuillSep 26 20103:14
Il Ciarlino, capriccio cromaticoPietro Paolo MeliiTimothy BurrisSep 26 20103:00