John Armato came from Los Angeles to the Peabody Conservatory of Music to study guitar in the studio of Ray Chester. While in Los Angeles he won Superior Performance and Faculty Honors awards in classical guitar. After earning his BM in guitar, John went on to earn his MM in lute performance in the studio of Mark Cudek also at the Peabody Conservatory in 2008. In Baltimore John performs regularly with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, Peabody Consort and is a co-founder of Heaven's Noyse. He has recently appeared with the National Gallery of Arts Vocal Ensemble with Rosa Lamoreaux in Washington D.C and on national television in Taiwan with counter-tenor Peter Lee. In 2009 John performed opera scenes from the 17th century with Stephen Stubbs and the Seattle Academy of Opera. Mr. Armato's recording of Francesco Da Milano's "Recercar no. 33" will appear in a short film "Heloise: From Hell and Back for Love". John has performed on "Maryland in the Morning" on WYPR. John has recently performed with soprano Rosa Lamoreaux and baritone William Sharp at the French Embassy, with Charm City Baroque at the Singapore embassy and with countertop quartet for the German embassy. In 2010 John performed with the Peabody Consort in a tour through Taiwan and Japan, including, the Kaoshiung Cultural Center, Chi-Mei museum in Tainan, National Concert Hall in Taipei and Suginami Kokaido concert hall in Tokyo, Japan. John just completed a tour through out the east coast with Arceci-Mckean and Friends performing to a sold out audience at the Shandalee sunset series in New York. He has completed a second tour on the east coast with the same group performing at the Shandalee city seiries in New York City and the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C where the Washington Times says “John Armato on theorbo…wove spare delicately played accompaniments rounding out the ensemble”. Mr. Armato will begin a second tour with Peabody Consort in Taiwan in December of 2012 and will have his west coast debut in April of 2013 performing concerts in Pasadena, La Canada and Santa Barbara with Soprano Nola Richardson.