Francisco Luengo was born in A Coruña. In 1979 he began the study, with original instruments and techniques, of the varios styles of music befote nineteenth Century. He started learning viola da gamba in 1981 with  professor José Vázquez, entering in 1988 at the Höchschule für Musik in Wien.

        He conducts from the start Capela Compostelana. This group  founded created with Miro Moreira and Fernando López-Pan is devoted to Renaissance and Baroque music, paying  particular attention to the recovery of the Spanish music of these periods. Capela Compostelana has published two compact discs, with the work of José de Vaquedano (1642-1711), a leading Spanish composer of the seventeen Century, “Master of the Chapel” at the Catedral of Santiago.

        In the year 2000 he creates and conducts Malandança, to perform medieval music with original instruments, the fruit of his work as a researcher and maker in the field of medieval European organology. Malandança has published the CD “Unha noite na corte do Rei Affonso”.

        In 2004 he transcribes, coordinates and conducts the medieval liturgycal drama “Ordo  Prophetarum”, released on DVD by “Consello da Cultura Galega”.

        In 2009, together with Xurxo Varela published the CD "My Singular Entertainment, and Delight" (Ed. Actus), which contains English seventeenth century music for two viols, with works by Ch. Simpson, J. Jenkins and others. Once again with Xurxo Varela he publishes the double CD “Le Nymphe di Rheno” (Ed. ACTUS), twelve duo sonatas for viola da gamba by Jean Schenck (1660±1712).

        In 2000 he become professor of viola da gamba in the course "Camino de Santiago, Chants, Cantigas e Cantos" at the University of Santiago de Compostela, dedicated to the performance of baroque music.

        In Decembers of 2014 he gives master classes in 1º Encontro Iberico de Viola da Gamba da ESMAE , Porto (Portugal).

       He was one of six builders chosen to participate in the project of reconstruction of the instruments of the Portico de la Gloria, sponsored by Fundación Barrie de la Maza, and developed between 89-92. He was part of the team of specialists in the Xelmírez Palace musical instruments reconstruction project, undertaken by the Excma. Deputacion Provincial de Lugo in the period 93-94, and focused in instruments represented in the corbels of this medieval palace.

        Francsico Luengo developes an intensive work in publications ("The Portico of Glory, Music, Art and Thought”, edited by Cuadernos de Música en Compostela,"The Instruments of the Portico de la Gloria", edited by Barrie de la Maza Foundation, Instruments à cordes du Moyen Age, CERIMM, Fondation Royaumont, edited by Créaphis, Corda Medievais Instruments, published by the Provincial Deputation of Lugo), conferences and exhibitions.

        He is an  accustomed collaborator in several groups of early music in concerts and to Africa and Asia, in records and radio and television programs in different countries.


Francisco Luengo. Musician & luthier