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Jens Franke, born to an eminent German musical family, trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and King’s College, London. An artist of eclectic taste, he has worked with English National Ballet, and was formerly orchestral guitarist of the European Union Youth Orchestra, in which capacity he appeared in concert with Bernard Haitink, playing such venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and Sadler’s Wells in London.

He has commissioned a number of new works for guitar including a theatre cycle by Òscar Colomina i Bosch setting Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies (an 18th-century listing of London prostitutes), premiered at the Barbican Centre in December 2011. Recent recording credits include two EPs; eight albums for Schott, London, associated with a series of Romantic and Baroque anthologies; an album of music by Johann Kaspar Mertz (Stone Records); a collection of Schubert songs with Anna Huntley, recorded at Wigmore Hall (Quartz); and Antoine de Lhoyer’s complete chamber works for guitar trio and quartet (Naxos 8.573575).

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