Simon Martyn-Ellis began playing the lute after finding the classical guitar repertoire too restrictive for ensemble performance. After traveling to Europe from his homeland Australia for postgraduate studies, Simon stayed in Germany for over 10 years to continue to work in the Historical Performance arena, appearing regularly with leading orchestras, theatres and chamber groups throughout Europe. In the US, Simon is a founding member of ACRONYM and Duo Corbetta, has appeared with Apollo’s Fire, Les Delices, Bach Collegium San Diego, Opera Theatre of St Louis, Opera Columbus, Helicon in New York City and at the Oregon Bach Festival. He is teacher of lute and related instruments at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His particular interests are in vocal collaborations, either in opera or intimate recitals, baroque guitar repertoire, and finding the groove in Early Music. But really, he just has a great time making music with people.