Esteban La Rotta is one of Canada’s leading lutenists. In demand as both a soloist and continuo player, he studied at the Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano under the guidance of lutenist Paul Beier, and in Montreal with Sylvain Bergeron where he received his doctorate in performance degree in 2008 concentrating on the baroque guitar. In 2012, thanks to support from the Canada Council for the Arts, he has studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis focusing on the repertoire of the late Middle Ages for solo lute under the guidance of Crawford Young and the renaissance guitar with Hopkinson Smith. As a specialist in a variety of early plucked instruments, La Rotta has extensive experience with renaissance repertoire as well as with the early Baroque Italian and French repertoire for solo theorbo. He is a regular participant at Festival Montréal Baroque and has performed with ensembles such as the Copenhagen Soloists, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Les Violons du Roy, Les Voix Humaines, La Nef, the SMAM, and Ensemble Caprice. He has appeared in numerous festivals including Musique Royale, Boston Early Music Festival, Seattle Early Music Guild, Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg), Lamèque Early Music Festival, Stratford Festival, the National Arts Center in Ottawa, and the Orford Music Festival. His performances have been broadcast on the CBC in Canada and the BBC in England. He can be heard on the Atma label, both as a soloist and with Pallade Musica, and on the Passacaille label with the cellist Elinor Frey.