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Zak Ozmo

Žak Ozmo is a lutenist, early music director, and a scholar in historical performance. He is the founder-director of the British period instrument ensemble L'Avventura London, and has been praised by the press for ‘excellent musicianship’ and ‘an admirable understanding of Baroque performance conventions' (Gramophone).

Žak’s performances with L’Avventura London have been featured on most major radio stations in Europe and North America, including live concert broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. They include major festivals across the United Kingdom, and international performances in some of the world’s best-known venues including the Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne, Grande Auditório Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, and the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, among others.

Hailed by Early Music Today and BBC Radio 3 as a ‘brilliant lutenist’ and Classical Musicmagazine as an 'expert on early plucked instruments' Žak has performed as a continuo player, chamber musician, and as a soloist across Europe, North America, and Asia on the archlute, theorbo, Renaissance lute, and Baroque guitar. His latest project as a solo lutenist include a multiple-CD solo recording of equally-tempered music by Vincenzo Galilei with Hyperion Records (volume 1: 'searching intellect and wry imagination…beautiful, fluent playing' - Gramophone).

Žak frequently presents his research at conferences in Europe and North America and speaks on various related topics on BBC Radio 3 and NPR, while 2019 also saw his first TEDx Talk. His writings have been translated into French, German, Spanish, and Korean, and appear in some of the leading scholarly journals and magazines.

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