Lutenist Kevin Payne is active as a recitalist, accompanist, and continuo player in the New York area. Recent ensemble work includes performances with Tempesta di Mare, il Giardino d’Amore, Juilliard 415, Artek, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Yale Schola Cantorum, Sonnambula, and Hesperus, and he has worked with noted conductors including NWilliam Christie, Richard Egarr, Monica Huggett, Jordi Savall, and Masaaki Suzuki. Performance venues include Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Morgan Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.
Kevin holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied Renaissance lute with Mark Cudek and theorbo with Richard Stone. He was the first lutenist to be accepted to the prestigious Juilliard School, where he received a Graduate Diploma in Historical Plucked Instruments with Pat O’Brien. Kevin has had additional studies with Ronn McFarlane, and performed in master classes for Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, and Hopkinson Smith.