Michiel Niessen - acoustic & electric lutes

A brief introduction to Michiel Niessen

Born in The Hague, The Netherlands in 1963, Michiel Niessen received his first formal guitar lessons at the age of eight. At fourteen he moved on to the lute. Having completed his classical education, he enrolled in the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands, to study lute with Toyohiko Satoh. He graduated with honours in 1986 and 1988 with a teacher’s and soloist’s diploma. During his studies, Michiel won third prize in the first (and only) international lute-competition in Toronto, Canada, as the youngest and only student participant.

Michiel Niessen went on to shape a career as soloist, accompanist and orchestral player.

Other musical activities include composing and arranging film music scores (Daedalus’ Daughter, Rembrandt, Orfeo).

Michiel likes to expand the boundaries of his instrument by moving into crossover styles, ethnic and proto-authentic instrumentation, amplification and electronic influences.

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He plays exclusively on instruments made for him by renowned makers Richard Berg (Ottawa, Canada) and Stephen Barber (London, UK) and on a rare original archlute from Venice, around 1610.

With Ian Schneller of Specimen Products, Chicago, Michiel Niessen dropped upon the lute/guitar scene the first dedicated electric lute.
Songs Contained is the first ever musical production to use this unique instrument.

Michiel Niessen 2011