Axel Wolf - Lute & Theorbo

Axel Wolf is regarded as one of the leading figures in his field. His musical activites cover the entire spectrum from solo recitals and chamber music to the orchestra pit.

He completed his guitar and lute studies with Hans Michael Koch. In addition to master classes with Nigel North and Hopkinson Smith, he continued his studies with Rolf Lislevand. From 1986-2003, he was a lecturer at the College of Music in Hannover.

Axel Wolf performs at international festivals such as in Bruges, Utrecht, Edinburgh, Tokyo or New York, both as a soloist or member of ensembles including Musica Fiata (Cologne), the Freiburger Barockorchester, the United Conitnuo Ensemble, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment or The English Concert London. He has been a regular guest at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich since 2000, performing under the direction of Ivor Bolton, Harry Bicket and Christopher Moulds. 

He has worked with conductors such as Peter Schreier, Alan Curtis, Paul McCreesh and Joshua Rifkin in opera, concert and CD productions. In addition to numerous recordings as a continuo player, he has released four solo recordings: “Opera for Lute” with baroque arias for solo lute by Johann Adolf Hasse, “Johann Sebastian Bach: Works for Lute” and “Chiaccona” with works for lute and chitarrone by Alessandro Piccinini. Axel Wolf’s latest CD “Friends of the Lute” focuses on the ingenious works for lute by Silvius Leopold Weiss and was released in 2014.