In Michal Gondko’s “deft and fluid” (Early Music Today) lute playing “phrases come across like extempore thoughts chasing each other across the imagination, an effect many try for but very few succeed” (Lute News).
Michael Gondko graduated from the acclaimed Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where he studied lute with Hopkinson Smith.
He is founder and artistic co-director of La Morra, an early music ensemble widely recognised for its concerts and recordings of the Late Medieval and early Renaissance music. He has also performed with „Capella Reial de Cataluña”, „Ensemble Phoenix Munich”, „Ensemble Sarband” und „Arte die Suonatori“. Concert tours have since taken him to the most European countries, as well as to the USA, the countries of the Middle East, China and Japan.
The earned marks of musical distinction inlcude Diapason d’Or, the Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award, Fryderyk (a prize awarded by the Association of Polish Audio-Video Producers), as well as Gramophone and International Classical Music Award nominations, and the constantly high ratings in the international music press.