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Marc Lewon

lute, vielle, voice


Marc Lewon specialises in medieval instruments of the lute family and medieval Germanic languages and literature. After gaining a Master's degree in musicology and medieval German from Heidelberg University (graduating with honours), he moved to Basel to further his practical music studies in the Medieval Department of the Schola Cantorum. There he studied lute with Crawford Young, vielle with Randall Cook and singing with Kathleen Dineen. In 2006 he completed his diploma in medieval lute, graduating with honours. In 2007 he successfully concluded his studies in medieval vielle.

He plays regularly with a number of ensembles including Dulce MelosLes Flamboyants and Le Basile and is head of Ensemble Leones. He works with leading soloist in the field of Early Music, e.g. Andreas Scholl and Crawford Young and is a guest musician with a number of renowned ensembles for Early Music, such as Oni Wytarsordo virtutum, and the Clemencic Consort. For many years he was a member of the well-known ensemble Early Music Freiburg. Besides being a busy performer, he gives courses in medieval music and publishes articles and editions on the subject. He is also head of the course of studies in medieval music that started in October 2008 at Burg F├╝rsteneck (D).

In 2017 he succeeded Crawford Young as Professor for Medieval and Renaissance Lute at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In 2018 he received his PhD from Oxford University with Reinhard Strohm.


link to the personal website of Marc Lewon


sound samples

voice and lute solo:

  • anonymous: Ay linda amiga (live-recording (2006) voice and lute solo: M. Lewon)


plectrum-lute solo: 

  • anonymous: O bella rosa (intabulation for plectrum-lute solo: M. Lewon)
  • Domenico da Piacenza: Corona (composition and intabulation: M. Lewon, based on a choreography by D. da Piacenza, Basle 2007)
  • Vincenzo da Rimini: Ay schonsolato (intabulation and diminution by M. Lewon)
  • Matheus de Sancto Johanne: Je chante ung chant (intabulation, diminution, and additional voice: M. Lewon, live-recording, Zurich 2006 - contratenor on harp: M. Graziolino)


upper-voice diminutions (with plectrum-lute and gittern): 

  • Francesco Landini: Questa fanciull'amor (intabulation from the Reina Codex; contratenor in the repetition: M. Lewon; recording with Ensemble Perlaro (2008) with "Soundaround, Studio Recording and More")
  • anonymous: Jourmour lanie (intabulation from the Faenza Codex; new diminutions: M. Lewon; live-recording from the 6th of June, 2005)