Dolores Costoyas - lute

Dolores Costoyas was born in Buenos Aires and is a graduate of the Juan José Castro Conservatory, where she studied with Irma Costanzo, Miguel Angel Girollet and Eduardo Fernandez. Among her many awards are First Prizes in the International Competition Maria Luisa Anido (Argentina, 1983), the Competition Circulo Guitarristico (Argentina, 1985) and the Competition Hector Villa-Lobos (Argentina, 1987). In 1988 she came to Europe to continue her studies at the celebrated Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland and has specialized on the baroque lute, theorbo, vihuela and guitar as a student of Hopkinson Smith. As soloist and continuo player, Costoyas is a frequent guest of major European and American festivals. She appears regurarly in concert and opera performances with the Concerto Vocale and René Jacobs, Les Musiciens du Louvre and Marc Minkowski, the Huelgas Ensemble and Paul van Nevel, L’Ensemble Baroque de Limoges and Christophe Coin, and les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset, as well as with leading Swiss orchestras and ensembles. She has recorded frequently with some of today’s finest musicians adn appears on a variety of labels. Her recording of vihuela music by Narvaez and Fuenllana marks her solo recital debut and hr first recording on the Glissando label.