Rimple Headshot

Mark Rimple, Countertenor/Lutenist

Countertenor and Lutenist Mark Rimple has garnered critical notice for his interpretation of early music from national newspapers and journals including the Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Early Music America, and Early Music (UK).  The Philadelphia Inquirer compared the “interpretive specificity” of his lute playing to “a great vocal performance” and the Chicago Tribune praised his “effortless upper notes capable of pinpoint agility.”

He is a founding member of TREFOIL, whose third CD, Fleur de Valeur:  A Medieval Bouquet will be released this year by Bridge.  He is a regular guest artist with the Newberry Consort and The Folger Consort, and has appeared with Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, The King’s Noyse, Ex Umbris (at the Clinton White House), New York’s Ensemble for Early Music, Mélomanie, Pomerium, Network for New Music, Cygnus Ensemble, and most recently joined the critically acclaimed GEMS production of The Play of Daniel on lute and psaltery.

Dr. Rimple is Professor of Music Theory and Composition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  He has written theoretical articles on the influence of Boethius in Medieval, Renaissance, and 20th c. Theory, and is co-authoring a stylistically neutral, perceptually-based undergraduate music theory textbook with West Chester Colleague Alexander Rozin.  He is currently working on a new CD of his chamber works including compositions for harpsichord, archlute, viola da gamba and harpsichord for Furious Artisans Recordings with funding from the American Composers Forum and the Roger H. Shapiro Foundation for New Music.