Hopkinson Smith, lute
"Hopkinson Smith plays the lute like it never went out of style. His virtuosity goes beyond physical facility to realize a rare metaphysical poetry" (Classical CD Review). With more than two dozen critically acclaimed recordings to his credit, Hopkinson Smith, an internationally renowned performer and early-music teacher at Switzerland's Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, is "one of the world's rare masters of the lute" with a sound both "magical and transporting" (The Star-Ledger).
"Without doubt the finest lute player in the world today" (San Francisco Chronicle)