Nina Treadwell specialises in early plucked string instruments including theorbo, Renaissance lute, and early guitars.
She divides her time between Cork, Ireland and California, where she holds the position of Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition to her monograph Music and Wonder at the Medici Court, she has written numerous articles on Italian music from the 16th through 18th centuries. For a number of years she was the duet partner of the internationally acclaimed lutenist and author James Tyler, collaborating on several CD recordings, including the Elizabethan lute duets on the CD The Leaves Be Green. In the US she has directed and been featured in concerts at the Getty, Huntington, and Yale (Instrument) Museums, and at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, among others.
Recent performances in Ireland include the Cork International Choral Festival, the Engage Arts Festival, the Kinsale Arts Festival with Marja Gaynor, the East Cork Early Music Festival and at Dublin’s City Hall with Resurgam dir. Mark Duley. Nina toured Ireland during June 2012 as theorbist and baroque guitarist for Opera Theatre Company’s production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Recent performances in California include the Pasadena Schubertiade series with the Southern California-based vocal trio Voxfire with whom she has collaborated for some 16 years, and a program of Mission Music at the San Juan Capistrano Mission.