• The Bulletin de la Société Française de Luth has referred to Florida International University Professor of Musicology David Dolata as a “gentleman de la Renaissance” for his activities as a performer and scholar.

    His research on early 17th-century Italian lute music has been published in Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era, Early Music, Acta Musicologica, and Grove Music Online. He has been visiting research professor at the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR) at the Université François-Rabelais de Tours – CNRS where he is co-editor of the CESR Encyclopedia of Tablature with John Griffiths and Philippe Vendrix. David Dolata also maintains a long-standing affiliation with Boston University’s Center for Early Music Studies. His book, Meantone Temperaments on Lutes and Viols, was released by Indiana University Press in 2016.

    As a lutenist, he has appeared at such venues as the Glimmerglass Opera, the Florida Grand Opera, the Northwest Bach Festival, the Miami Bach Society, with countertenor Andreas Scholl, and on broadcasts and recordings for NPR, CBS, and BBC. With Il Furioso, which he co-directs with Victor Coelho, he has recorded Kapsberger’s Libro secondo d’arie (2004), Battaglia d’amore: the Music of Bellerofonte Castaldi (2009), and their latest release: George Frideric Handel: The Complete ‘Amen, Alleluia’ Arias, HWV269–77 with Music by Church, Croft, Pittoni, and Anon (2017) on the English label Toccata Classics. He appears on several other American and European recordings as well.

    A native of Buffalo, New York, Dr. Dolata graduated from Case Western Reserve University (PhD in Musicology with a concentration on Historical Performance Practice), the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (BM & MM in Classical Guitar Performance), and Niagara University (BA in Social Sciences). He is a former Director of the FIU School of Music.

    For more information about Dr. Dolata’s research, performances, recordings, reviews, teaching, and service, visit

research interests

  • Music History; Performance Practice; Tunings and Temperaments; Tablature; Lute; Early 17th-Century Music;

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  • David Dolata


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