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.

He tours regularly with Maria João Pires and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and with Emmanuel Pahud and Kammerakademie Potsdam. This year he returns to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kammerorchester Basel, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo.

Recordings released this season include a solo recital ‘Journey - 200 years of harpsichord music’; CPE Bach Flute Concertos with Emmanuel Pahud and the Kammerakademie Potsdam; Mozart’s Gran Partita for winds and Haydn Notturno with the Royal Academy of Music Soloists.

Trevor is Principal Guest Conductor of the RAM Concert Orchestra. 

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 and University of London (DMus honoris causa) in 2016.

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.