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.

Orchestral highlights of the 2013/14 season include performances of Haydn's Seasons with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra of which he is principal guest conductor, concerts with Menahem Pressler and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the MDR broadcast of Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, soloists and Tenebrae. He returns to the English Concert to celebrate their 40th anniversary at the Wigmore Hall where he will also give a solo harpsichord recital.

In 'Pinnock's Passions', Trevor will curate four themed concerts with guest musicians and speakers at the new candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe.

During 2014 Trevor records CPE Bach flute concertos with Emmanuel Pahud and the Kammerphilharmonie Potsdam and Beethoven piano concertos with Rafal Blechacz and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The Royal Academy of Music Soloists join him for the third in a series of recordings of music arranged for Schoenberg's private concerts. The first recording, of Mahler's fourth symphony and Debussy's L'aprés midi d'un faune has recently been released.

Trevor's work with young people at the RAM also includes orchestral concerts as principal guest conductor of the Concert Orchestra, opera and chamber music with the RAM Soloists. In 2014 he will also give a masterclass at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

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.