Dirk Freymuth was born on February 12, 1965, in Frankfurt, Germany. Later that year his family immigrated to the United States, and after several moves between New York, Denver, and Chicago, they eventually settled in Los Angeles in 1972. He graduated from Palos Verdes High School in 1982 and went on to study music at the University of Southern California, receiving a BM in Studio Jazz Guitar in 1988, and a MM in Early Music Performance in 1990. In 1990 he moved to Dublin, Ireland, to become a member of the Baroque Orchestra of Ireland, and from 1991-94 lived in London and was a member of the renaissance ensemble, Circa 1500, and also worked as a librarian and editor for the Tallis Scholars.
In 1994 he moved to Minneapolis to join the power-pop trio, Hindu Rodeo. Over the next several years he established himself in Minnesota as a prominent session guitarist and producer. In 1996 he became a staff producer for the Minneapolis-based record label, Compass Productions, for whom he produced more than 50 records for in a wide variety of styles, most notably Celtic and Classical music. In 2002 he returned to Los Angeles to pursue a doctoral degree in Early Music Performance, earning a D.M.A. from USC in 2005. From 2005-2008 he was an adjunct professor of music history at USC while continuing to work as a guitarist, producer, and composer.
In 2011 he accepted a full-time teaching position at Western Oregon University, where he teaches audio production, music history, and historical performance practice. He was awarded tenure in 2015.
In 2016 he became a board member to the Cascadia Chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society of America, and is a member Cascadia Viols.
In 2014 he started a duo project with uillean pipe/low whistle player, Eric Rigler, in Los Angeles. The two continue to perform regularly, often with prominent guest artists. For more information visit pipesandguitar.com