lute, romantic guitar
Michal Gondko, in whose hands "phrases come across like extempore thoughts chasing each other across the imagination, an effect many try for but very few succeed" (Lute News), became fascinated with "early music" while a student of classical guitar in his hometown Warsaw. Eventually, he chose to specialize in historical plucked instruments, which he studied with Hopkinson Smith and Crawford Young at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Since 2000 he has been primarily focusing on Late Medieval and Early Renaissance repertoire with La Morra, a formation he founded in 2000 and led to performances in Europe and the USA. CD programmes he conceived for La Morra have received such distinctions as „Diapason D’Or“, „Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik“ as well as „Gramophone Award“ and „International Classical Music Award“ nominations. He is also winner of Association of Polish Audio and Video Producers’ Award. Michal also enjoys projects with later repertoire, and has performed, among others, with „Capella Reial de Cataluña”, „Ensemble Phoenix Munich”, „Ensemble Sarband” und „Arte die Suonatori“.