Douglas Freundlich



Douglas Freundlich


Arlington, Massachusetts, United States

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Professional Title

Lute Performer and Teacher

Professional Services

Lute Teacher – Baroque, Lute Teacher – Renaissance, Lute Teacher – Continuo, Lute Teacher – Medieval, Professional Performer – Baroque, Professional Performer – Renaissance, Professional Performer – Continuo, Professional Performer – Medieval

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Affiliated Institution

Longy School of Music of Bard College


Douglas Freundlich launched his lute career in the 1970s with The Greenwood Consort, winning the Erwin Bodky Award and Musical America’s “Young Artist of the Year”. He has performed with many leading ensembles over the years, including the Boston Symphony, Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, The Musicians of Swanne Alley,   Renaissonics, Foggy Mountain Consort and the Revels. 

Doug is a founding member of the Venere Lute Quartet, which has garnered praise from Amadeus (Milan), Early Music America, Goldberg, and Renaissance Magazines. His arrangements for the quartet are featured on Venere’s recordings, Sweet Division, Palestrina’s Lute, Airy Entertainments, and Ornythology.   

Doug has taught lute at the Longy School of Music since 1979.  He directed the Early Music program in the 1980s, served as Acting Department Chair in 2007, and has mentored students in the Teaching Artist Program. Other teaching includes Lute Society of America Seminars, Amherst Early Music, Boston Early Music Festival Outreach, and the Harvard University Core program, where Doug has received the Derek Bok Teaching Award. For many years, he taught a popular course on music cognition at Tufts, and served as Associate Keeper of Harvard’s Isham Library. On the side, Doug “cross-trains” as a violone player and jazz bassist.

Doug’s discography includes recordings for TelArc, Titanic, Sine Qua Non, Revels, Radian Arts, Foggy Mountain and LSA labels.

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