Loren Ludwig is a performer-scholar based in Baltimore, MD.

Loren studied viola da gamba at Oberlin Conservatory and holds a PhD in Critical and Comparative Studies in Music from the University of Virginia.

As a viol player, Loren performs widely as a soloist and chamber musician. He is a co-founder of critically acclaimed ensembles LeStrange Viols and the 17th century string band, ACRONYM.

As a scholar of early modern musical culture, Loren researches what he terms “polyphonic intimacy,” the idea that music in the Western tradition is constructed to foster social relationships among its performers and listeners. Loren has served as musicology faculty at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Grinnell College, and the New Zealand School of Music. Loren teaches chamber music and performance practice at residencies and festivals across four continents.

Current projects investigate the influences of Hermetic and Catholic esotericism in the history of early modern music theory, and the confluence of music and alchemy in 17th-century alchemical works by Michael Maier.


Please direct inquiries to LML4F[at]virginia[dot]edu