Born in Paris in 1988, Thomas Dunford discovered the lute at the age of nine, thanks to his first teacher Claire Antonini. He completed his studies in 2006 at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNR), when he obtained an unanimous First Prize with honors in the class of Charles-Édouard Fantin. Thomas Dunford continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel with Hopkinson Smith, and participated in several master classes with artists like Rolf Lislevand and Julian Bream, as well as in workshops with Eugène Ferré, Paul O’Dette, Pascale Boquet, Benjamin Perrot and Eduardo Egüez. He was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in 2009. From September 2003 to January 2005, Thomas Dunford gave his first performances playing the role of the lutenist in William Shakespeare’s »Twelfth Night« on the stage at the Comédie-Française. Since then, Thomas Dunford has played numerous recitals in the most prestigious locations, such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Frick Collection, London’s Wigmore Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington, at the Vancouver Recital Society, at Cal Performances Berkeley, the Banff center, Saffron Hall, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona; the festivals of Ambronay, La Chaise-Dieu, Nantes, Saintes, Utrecht, Maguelone, Froville; at Radio France et Montpellier, the Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, as well as at WDR Cologne. He has performed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, the United States, Israel, China, Japan, and India. Thomas Dunford’s first solo CD »Lachrimae«, recorded for the French label Alpha in 2012, was unanimously acclaimed by critics and was awarded the »Caecilia Prize« of 2013. His second CD – »Labirinto d’amore« with mezzo soprano Anna Reinhold was awarded the »Choc« from »Classica« magazine. His extensive discography includes recordings of music from John Dowland, Antonio Vivaldi, Barbara Strozzi, Michael Praetorius, Claudio Monteverdi, J. S. Bach, Henry Purcell, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, among others. Thomas Dunford is regularly in demand, playing a variety of early plucked string instruments with the ensembles Les Arts Florissants, Akadêmia, Amarillis, Les Ambassadeurs, Arcangelo, La Cappella Mediterranea, Capriccio Stravagante, La Chapelle Rhénane, Ensemble Clématis, Collegium Vocale Gent, Le Concert Spirituel, Le Concert d’Astrée, A Deux Violes Esgales, The English Concert, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Ensembe La Fenice, Les Folies Francaises, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Marsyas, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Musiciens du Paradis, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Les Ombres, Ensemble Pygmalion, La Sainte Folie Fantastique, Scherzi Musicali, La Serenissima, Les Siècles, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, La Simphonie du Marais, and many others. Thomas Dunford is attracted to a wide variety of music including jazz, and collaborates in chamber music projects with conductors and soloists like Paul Agnew, Leonardo García Alarcón, Nicola Benedetti, Keyvan Chemirani, William Christie, Jonathan Cohen, Christophe Coin, Iestyn Davies, Lea Desandre, Isabelle Faust, Bobby McFerrin, Philippe Herreweghe, Monica Huggett, Alexis Kosenko, François Lazarevitch, Anne Sofie von Otter, Trevor Pinnock, Patricia Petibon, Sandrine Piau, Anna Prohaska, Hugo Reyne, Anna Reinhold, Jean Rondeau, Skip Sempé, and Jean Tubéry.