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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 and singing.

He plays regularly with a number of ensembles including Le miroir de musique (Baptiste Romain), PER-SONAT (Sabine Lutzenberger), and ensemble Peregrina (Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett) and is head of his own Ensemble Leones. Besides being a busy performer, he gives courses in medieval music and publishes articles and editions on the subject. He is head of the course of studies in medieval music that started in October 2008 at Burg Fürsteneck (D) and is working on a research project with Reinhard Strohm and Birgit Lodes at Vienna University: "Musical Life of the Late Middle Ages in the Austrian Region" (


He holds a PhD from Oxford University where he studied with Reinhard Strohm and in 2017 succeeded Crawford Young as Professor for Medieval and Renaissance Lute at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.


Since 2020, he has been a leading member on the board of the Basel-based "ReRenaissance" concert series, busy organising, directing, and performing the monthly concerts with Renaissance music at the Barfüsserkirche Historisches Museum Basel.


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)