Eric Thomas is a lutenist based in Edinburgh. He studied music at Edinburgh University, dividing his time between performance, composition and musicology, and gained a BMus (Hons) degree. He went onto to pursue his interest in early music completing an MMus in Historically Informed Performance Practice, with the aid of a Carnegie-Cameron postgraduate bursary, jointly at The University of Glasgow and the Royal Conservatiore of Scotland, under the supervision of John Butt, receiving lute tuition from Jamie Akers. Eric continued his studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, studying lute and theorbo with Fred Jacobs, and also attended the Urbino Early Music Festival to study with Paul O’Dette and Darlington International Summer School for lessons with David Miller. Eric is about to embark on a Phd at the University of Southampton, being awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship to research the role of improvisation in Italian lute music. As well as his activity in performance and research, Eric is an active teacher, founding the Bruntsfield Guitar School and is also a guitar tutor at Portobello Music School.