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 the 2014-15 season, Trevor conducts the Mozarteum Orchester (of which he is Principal Guest Conductor), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Les Violins du Roy, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Kammerorchester Basel, Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria and Kioi Sinfonietta. In recital he performs throughout the UK and in Italy and continues ‘Pinnock’s Passions’, his series of themed concerts at the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

This year Trevor recorded CPE Bach flute concertos with Emmanuel Pahud and the Kammerphilharmonie Potsdam. The Royal Academy of Music Soloists joined him for the third in a series of recordings of music arranged for Schoenberg’s private concerts. Their recordings of Debussy, Mahler and Bruckner have received high critical acclaim. Trevor’s work with young people at the RAM also includes orchestral concerts as principal guest conductor of the Concert Orchestra and opera projects.

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.  

Trevor Pinnock is President of the Faversham Music Club in Kent, which puts on a number of popular concerts and social events each year.

Honorary doctorates: University of Ottawa (D. University) in 1993, University of Kent (DMus) in 1995, University of Sheffield (DMus) in 2005.

He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 1992 and an Officier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998.