Thomas Dunford grew up in Paris and discovered the lute at age nine, thanks to his first teacher Claire Antonini. He graduated in 2006 from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNR), and obtained an unanimous first prize with honours in the class of Charles-Edouard Fantin. Three years later he obtained his bachelor degree at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, with American lutenist Hopkinson Smith. Since then, Thomas Dunford has played recitals in New-York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, and made numerous solo and ensemble appearances in European festivals, including Ambronay, Arc La Bataille, Bozar, La Chaise-Dieu, and around the world. Inspired by a wide range of music genres, including jazz, Thomas Dunford is looking for the connections that bring them together.