Loren Ludwig is a scholar/performer based in Baltimore, MD. As a musicologist he explores the social dimensions of musical polyphony—how musical counterpoint fosters social relationships among those who play or sing it and what we can learn about those relationships by studying past musical cultures. Loren received a PhD in musicology from the University of Virginia and his work has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the American Musicological Society. As a performer, Loren seeks the balance of passion and precision in his music making. Praised for his “outstanding” playing by the Washington Post, Loren aspires to the generosity that he hears in the most inspiring music around him. In demand for his solo playing (he recently performed as viola da gamba soloist in the American Premier of George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin at Lincoln Center), Loren will never pass up an opportunity to play polyphony. He is a co-founder of LeStrange Viols and performs with ACRONYM, the Smithsonian Consort of Viols, the Folger Consort, Hesperus, and a slew of other ensembles that specialize in consort music, the harmonious combination of multiple instruments of the same family.