Fred Jacobs studied lute and theorbo with Anthony Bailes at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. He is a member of the Gabrieli Consort and Players, The Parley of Instruments, the Baroque Orchestra of the Netherlands Bach Society and the Monteverdi Continuo-ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera, where he has performed in all Monteverdi and Cavalli productions since 1997. Fred Jacobs is a regular accompanist to many distinguished singers, such as Anne Azéma, Michael Chance and Maarten Koningsberger. With Johannette Zomer he has been recording a series of programmes devoted to 17th Century monody for which his research has unveiled many hidden treasures. Over the years Fred has been a guest at the major early music festivals in Europe and the United States. He performs in opera productions in London, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam and Florence. Fred Jacobs has worked with many conductors such as Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen, Ton Koopman, Ivor Bolton, Andrew Parrot, Marc Minkowski and Richard Egarr. With Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Watkinson, and Maarten Koningsberger he runs workshops on the English lute song and on French Air de Cour. Since 1995 he has been teaching lute and theorbo at the Amsterdam Conservatory.