Biography:

John Orluk, Lutenist



Specializing in music of the Renaissance and Early Baroque eras, John Orluk plays mostly 8 and 10 course Renaissance lute. While pursuing a master’s degree in music history at the University of Buffalo, John began studying lute with Richard Falkenstein. An eager performer, he immediately sought out opportunities performing in student recitals and was soon featured as a soloist in Westminster Presbyterian Church’s 2003 Christmas Eve Concert. Later, he moved to Princeton, New Jersey where he studied with Daniel Swenberg. Here he became involved with performances by Princeton University’s Musica Alta, and performed both as a soloist and in ensembles in private house concerts and at Westminster Choir College. John has also studied with Caroline Usher and has been coached by Hopkinson Smith, Paul O’Dette, Ronn McFarlane, Nigel North, and Phil Rukavina. In 2007 he moved to Durham, North Carolina, and became an active member of Duke’s Collegium Musicum. He also performed works for lute and voice with singer Erica Dunkle and received a scholarship to study lute songs with singer, Jennifer Lane and lutenist David Tayler. After moving back to central NJ in 2011, John began studying with Pat O'Brien and participating in the New York Continuo Collective.