Although Rolf Lislevand had established his credentials in the twentieth century as a gifted and fairly traditional Baroque guitarist and lutenist, in recent times he has tended to avoid presenting the music he performs in an authentic way, asserting that to reproduce the music the way it was originally heard, and intended to be heard, is not actually possible. He has thus attempted to give Baroque compositions a twenty first century sound, often imparting a modern or even jazzy character to the music. He has typically performed both solo works and chamber/vocal works, the latter with his own ensemble. Much of Lislevand’s early career was spent as a member of Jordi Savall’s group Hesperion XX (later Hesperion XXI), with whom he gave many concerts and appeared on many recordings. Lislevand’s highly acclaimed recordings can be found on a variety of labels, including ECM Records, Naïve and Astree-Auvidis.
Rolf Lislevand was born in 1961 in Oslo, he studied music and guitar at the Norway Academy of Music. Further training came over at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland), where he studied lute with Hopkinson Smith and Eugene Dombois. He is now professor for lute and early plucked instruments at the Hochschule für Musik Trossingen (Germany) and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon (France).
His last ensemble CD recording Scaramanzia received the ECHO Klassik 2016 award, and his latest solo recording La Mascarade was awarded by Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2016.