Meet The Performers


Trevor Pinnock

Trevor Pinnock is known worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with his own orchestra, The English Concert, which he founded in 1972 and led for the next thirty years. He now divides his time between conducting, solo, chamber music and educational projects.

In 2009/10 Trevor Pinnock conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Chicago Symphony and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He continues his relationship with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester with whom he will be joined by Maria João Pires to  record Beethoven Piano Concertos for Deutsche Grammophon.

As a harpsichordist Pinnock gives solo recitals in Italy, Spain and the UK including Wigmore Hall London. His 'Wigmore Live' 2009 CD was released in February and features works by Purcell, Handel and Haydn. He has chamber music tours in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Europe with flautist Emmanuel Pahud and cellist Jonathan Manson. Their recording of Bach Flute Sonatas was released by EMI in October 2008 and recently won an Echo Klassik award.

Other chamber concerts this season include the programme 'Handel's Garden - musical seeds and cuttings' with Friends and soprano Lucy Crowe in Germany, Austria and Wigmore Hall, London.

In 2006 Pinnock founded the European Brandenburg Ensemble to celebrate his 60th birthday. Their recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos on the Avie label was awarded a 2008 Gramophone prize. 

In educational initiatives Pinnock continues his work with the Royal Academy of Music, London as well as giving masterclasses and performances with the University Mozarteum Salzburg and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

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