Lydia Knutson

photo: Susan Wilson


As a specialist in early music Lydia Heather Knutson engages audiences with “such emotional concentration, such inwardness and truth of feeling, and at the same time with such sheer beauty of sound, that even without knowing the content of the song a listener (is) moved to tears” (San Diego Reader). Her voice has been described as “crystalline, beautiful and supple” (la Jornada, Mexico City), “a constant delight” (Boston Globe), and her technique “magnificent” (la Repubblica, Rome). She has performed around the world with many early music ensembles, appearing on radio and at leading international music festivals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Australia. She is a founding member of Fortune’s Wheel and was for many years a member of the women’s ensemble of Sequentia Cologne, with whom she recorded and toured extensively. She currently sings with the Boston-based Renaissance vocal group Blue Heron and as a soloist has appeared with the Boston Camerata, Boston Cecilia, the Clemencic Consort (Vienna), Ex Umbris, Studio de la musique ancienne de Montréal, and La Fontegara (Mexico). She has taught voice at Harvard and Brown Universities, been a guest lecturer at Wellesley and Bowdoin Colleges, and has taught workshops in medieval music from Vancouver to Mexico City. She has recorded for Dorian, Erato, BMG Classics/Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and French Harmonia Mundi. In addition to singing, Lydia Knutson is a Doctor of Chiropractic with a private practice in Boston.


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