Jakob Lindberg

Jakob Lindberg (born 16 October 1952)[1] is a Swedish lutenist, performing solo, in small and large ensembles, and also directing operas, using instruments of the lute and guitar families.[2] He is known for the first ever recording of the Complete Solo Lute Music of John Dowland[3] as well as for recording music never before recorded, with repertoire dating back to the Renaissance period.


Jakob Lindberg was born in Djursholm, Sweden on 16 October 1952 and began his studies on the guitar with his first inspirations being the music of The Beatles. At the age of fourteen he started studying the guitar with Jörgen Rörby; it was Rörby who first introduced Lindberg to the lute.

Lindberg studied music at Stockholm University before going on to study at the Royal College of Music in London.[4] He combined his studies with Diana Poulton on lute and classical guitar with Carlos Bonell at the RCM and began to focus his attention on performing Renaissance and Baroque music on period instruments. Lindberg's solo Wigmore Hall recital debut took place in 1978, and he has subsequently toured internationally throughout Europe, the United States and Canada, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and Australia, as a soloist, accompanist, continuo player, and ensemble/consort player.


Lindberg started teaching as professor of lute at the Royal College of Music in London in 1979, taking over the position from Diana Poulton, together with taking part in lecture recitals (as for example Gresham College, London).[5]


Lindberg has recorded lute music that had never before been recorded, largely under the BIS label. Recorded works include Italian chitarrone collections, music by Scottish composers, the first ever recording of the complete solo lute music by John Dowland, and solo lute works of Johann Sebastian Bach, together with chamber music by Vivaldi, Boccherini, and Haydn.

He founded the Dowland Consort in 1985, which specialized in performing music from Elizabethan and Jacobean times, most notably John Dowland and Sylvius Leopold Weiss. As a continuo player (theorbo, chitarrone, and archlute), he has performed with many period instrument ensembles, such as the English Concert, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Taverner Choir, the Monteverdi Choir, the Purcell Quartet, and the Chiaroscuro Quartet. He is a frequent accompanist for singers such as Nigel Rogers, Ian Partridge, Emma Kirkby, and Anne Sofie von Otter. Lindberg has directed several Baroque operas from the chitarrone at the Drottningholm Palace Theatre as a production staged by the Royal Swedish Opera. His opera performances include Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in 1995 in which he collaborated with Andrew Parrot, and Jacopo Peri's Euridice in 1997. On 3 July 2013, Lindberg gave a concert of the music of John Dowland at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace[6] to coincide with the 350th anniversary of John Dowland's birth.

Lindberg appears in and plays the lute in the 1983 Doctor Who episode "The King's Demons".


  • Original lute: made by Sixtus Rauwolf, Augsburg c. 1590, one of the few extant, "possibly the world's oldest lute in playing condition."[7] Originally a 7-8 course instrument, modified in 1715 to incorporate an extended neck, with the work labelled "Leonhard Mausiel of Nüremberg 1715" inside the lute body. The restoration has been made for this instrument to accommodate 11-course d minor, or 10-course Renaissance tuning/stringing.[8]
  • 6-course lute: made by Michael Lowe, Oxford 1985, based on European lutes used c.1500-1550.
  • 8-course lute: made by Michael Lowe, Oxford 1980, based on an Italian 1580 model, employing yew wood for the back ribs, each strip containing both sapwood and heartwood rendering a stunning natural striped effect.
  • 10-course lute: made by Michael Lowe, Oxford 1977, with a yew wood back of 31 ribs.
  • 13-course lute: made by Michael Lowe, Oxford 1981, based on models from c.1720 Germany, with a rosewood back, and a lower pegbox extended to an upper pegbox, supporting longer bass strings, lending a rich strength of sound to the lower tessitura.

Compositions dedicated to Jakob Lindberg

Composer: Richard Popplewell; Title: Variations on Brigg Fair; Scoring: solo lute; Date: 1988.


BIS no.TitleCollaborating ArtistsRelease DateOther label info
BIS 201Lute Music from Scotland and France1982/3
BIS 211Virtuoso Lute Music from Italy and England1982
BIS 257Faire, Sweet & CruellLute songs with Christina Högman1983
BIS 266Italian and English Music for Recorder and Lutewith Clas Pehrsson1984
BIS 267English Lute Duetswith Paul O'Dette1984
BIS 290Antonio Vivaldi: The Complete Works for the Italian Lute of his Periodwith members of the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble1985
BIS 293Songs for the Guitarwith Christina Högman1985
BIS 315Lachrimaedirecting the Dowland Consort1985
BIS 327Baroque Music for Lute and Guitar1986
BIS 341Three, Four and Twenty Luteswith nineteen other lutenists1985
BIS 360Joseph Haydn: Complete Works for Lute and Stringswith members of the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble1987
BIS 390Music from the time of Christian IVincludes lute solos and directing the Dowland Consort1987
BIS 391Music from the time of Christian IVincludes songs with Rogers Covey-Crump1987
BIS 399Serenissima I Lute Music in Venice 1500-15501988
BIS 430John Dowland: First Booke of Songeswith Rogers Covey-Crump1988
BIS 451Heavenly Noysedirecting the Dowland Consort1989/90
BIS 469Anthony Holbornedirecting the Dowland Consort1989/90
BIS 587-588Bach's Lute Music1992
BIS 597-598Luigi Boccherini: Quintets with Guitar 1-6with members of the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble1992
BIS 599Serenissima II Lute Music in Venice 1500-15501991
BIS 722-724John Dowland: The Complete Solo Lute Music1994
BIS 799Francesco Corbetta: Guitar Music1996
BIS 824John Dowland: Selected Lute Music1994
BIS 899Spanish Guitar Music1999
BIS 1199Seven Suites of Swedish Folk Tunes2000
BIS 1415Cataldo Amodeiwith Emma Kirkby and Lars Ulrik Mortensen
BIS 1505Musique and Sweet PoetrieWith Emma Kirkby
BIS 1524Weiss: Lute Music
BIS 1534Weiss: Lute Music 2
BIS 1725Orpheus in England - Dowland and PurcellWith Emma Kirkby
BIS 1899Italian Virtuosi of the Chitarrone
BIS 2055Jacobean Lute Music
BIS 2265A Lute by Sixtus Rauwolf - French and German Baroque Music
DowlandConsort of Musicke1977DSLO533
Handel's WatermusicAcademy of Ancient Music - Christopher Hogwood1978Decca Florilegium
Monteverdi's UlyssesLondon Philharmonic Orchestra - Raymond Leppard1979CBS Masterworks
Dowland - A MiscellanyConsort of Musicke1979DSLO556
Biagio Marini - Le Lagrime d'Erminia and Violin SonatasConsort of Musicke1979DSLO570
Dowland - Mr Henry Noell Lamentations - Psalmes & Sacred SongsConsort of Musicke1978/1979DSLO551
John Dowland - The Complete Solo Lute Music (one of five)1980Decca Florilegium
John Danyel - Lute SongsConsort of Musicke1981DSLO568
William Lawes - Royal ConsortsConsort of Musicke1981Decca Florilegium
Handel: La RiserrectioneAcademy of Ancient Music - Christopher Hogwood1980Decca Florilegium
John Blow: "Cupid and Death"Consort of Musicke1983Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
Monteverdi: Balli et BallettiEnglish Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir - J E Gardiner1983Archiv
Monteverdi: OrfeoNigel Rogers - London Baroque1984EMI
The Florentine Intermedi 1589Parrott, Taverner Choir, Consort and Players1986EMI
Bach: St John PassionEnglish Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - J E Gardiner1986Archiv
Monteverdi: OrfeoEnglish Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - J E Gardiner1987Archiv
Monteverdi: Vespers 1610English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - J E Gardiner1989Archiv
The Carol Album: Seven Centuries of Christmas MusicTaverner Consort, Choir and Players1989
Monteverdi's PoppeaEnglish Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - J E Gardiner1993Archiv
Walter Porter: Madrigals and AirsConsort of Musicke1993, rec. 80sMusica Oscura
The Genteel CompanionRichard Harvey, Mark Caudle, Sarah Cunningham, Moniga Huggett, Timothy Roberts, Philip Thorby1986ASV DCA 558 / Harmonia mundi GAU 117
Vivaldi: Gloria; Handel: Gloria, Dixit DominusEnglish Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - J E GardinerNov 1998/Jun 2001Philips 4625972
A Baroque Festival - Bach, Handel et alParrott17/10/2000EMI - Virgin Classics [All429] UPC: 724356130425
Capriccio Stravagante - Vol. 22001

Chandos 9511506702

Gaudeamus - Early Music Sampler1996Asv Living Era 1115849
LamentiAnn Sofie von Otter1999Deutsche Grammophon
Home for ChristmasAnn Sofie von Otter1997Deutsche Grammophon - Archiv - 457-617-2
Mad About Angels1995Polygram Records, Deutsche Grammophon 028944911329
Mad About Vivaldi1993Deutsche Grammophon 2894395162
The Pocket PurcellParrott, Taverner Consort2000, rec. 80sVirgin Classics 2435451162
Purcell: Te Deum & Jubilate, etcParrott, Taverner Players2000, rec. 80sVirgin Classics 2435450612
Purcell: Odes for Saint Cecilia, etcParrott, Taverner Consort, Choir and Players1988Virgin Veritas 724356158221
JS Bach: Heart's SolaceParrott, Taverner Consort and Players1997Sony 01-060155-10
Monteverdi: Madrigali guerrieri et amorosiParrott, Taverner Consort and Players1991EMI 7543332
Vivaldi: Four Seasons / GloriaThe English Concert - Trevor Pinnock2000, rec: 80sDeutsche Grammophon 2894692202
Vivaldi ConcertosThe English Concert - Trevor Pinnock2001, rec: 80sDeutsche Grammophon 2894713172
It Fell on a Summers DayIan Partridge1983Hyperion - CDH 88011
Romantic Songs for Tenor and GuitarIan PartridgePavilion Records- SHECD 9608
Monteverdi & d'India: Mannerist MadrigalsNigel Rogers, Chiaroscuro, London Baroque1981

EMI Virgin Classics 7243 5 61165 2 8

Corelli Sonatas for StringsPurcell QuartetChandos 0694 (4)
Johannes-Passion BWV 245Choir of New College, Oxford - Edward Higginbottom2001Naxos
The Top Ten of Sweden's Great Power PeriodSkaraborg Vocal Ensemble1993Proprius - PRCD 9083
Återspeglingar - Svenska SångerAnna Emilsson2007Todo Production - TOP01


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