Trevor Pinnock

Is known worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with The English Concert, the orchestra 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.

Recent conducting highlights include Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Kammerorchester Basel, Les Violons du Roi and Kioi Sinfonietta.

In 2016 Trevor conducts two tours with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Maria João Pires. He will also conduct the Dresdner Phiharmonie and make return visits to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kammerakademie Potsdam, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Kammerorchester Basel, Kioi Sinfonietta, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest.

Trevor brings Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and Theatre Music to the Wigmore Hall where later in the season he will also perform chamber music by Purcell, Corelli and Handel with Sophie Gent, Matthew Truscott and Jonathan Manson as part of a UK tour. He  will also give solo recitals including music by Froberger and Louis Couperin which he will record on the 1627 and 1635 Ioannes Ruckers harpsichords in The Flint Collection.

Recordings to be released this season on the Linn label include a solo recital ‘Journey - 200 years of harpsichord music’ and the Mozart Gran Partita for winds and a Haydn Notturno with the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble. Trevor’s work 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.