Some 30 years have passed since Eero Palviainen, then a young guitar student, first picked up a Baroque lute. As regards the instrument and its sound, it was love at first sight! At the time, he was studying at the Turku Conservatory. He then transferred to the Sibelius Academy as a pupil of Leif Karlson, and in 1987 to Basel, where he gained a diploma in 1992 as a pupil of Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Since then, early music has taken him all over the world as a member of the most varied of ensembles or as a solo recitalist. His repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the Baroque, and his instruments from the Renaissance lute to the vihuela, archlute, theorbo, Baroque guitar and Baroque lute. At the moment his ensembles include L’Arpeggiata (France), Arte suonatore Poznan (Poland), Battalia (Finland), the Finnish Baroque Orchestra and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. Eero can truly be said to know his instruments inside out as he also builds lutes of his own.