Trevor Pinnock


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 1992 he was awarded the honour of CBE and he is also an Officier des Arts et des Lettres.

September 2015
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Gramophone: Bruckner Redrawn

Trevor Pinnock leads the Royal Academy Soloists in a new recording of Bruckner's Symphony No 2 arranged by Anthony Payne and released this month (September 2015) on Linn Records:

"The view of Bruckner’s symphonies as vast musical statements is challenged by a ‘miniaturised’ version of the Second by Antony Payne. This ‘bare-boned Bruckner’ raises wider questions about the composer’s intentions, writes Philip Clark." Visit the Gramophone website to read the full feature.

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Concert March 2012

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

"The joy of Trevor Pinnock lies foremost in the energy and dynamic contrasts, as seen in Haydn Symphony No.83.  After the first movement, where there was much noise from the timpani, the music entered calmer waters, with more space and depth." Frits van der Waa, De Volkskrant, 24 March 2012

Concert March 2012

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

"From Pinnock's last visit 4 years ago, we already know he's an expert. His learning was shown foremost in Haydn Symphony No.83. Pinnock exerted a healthy dose of energy through the ranks and made a careful balance between the crisp lightness and extreme expressiveness of Haydn's brilliant music." Frederike Berntsen, Trouw, 24 March 2012

Concert July 2011

Trevor Pinnock & Friends, Istanbul

"In the famous long solo in the first movement of the Brandenburg, he drew out the instrument’s depth, color and charisma in his execution of what this instrument -- whose strings are plucked rather than struck -- is capable of." Today’s Zaman Istanbul, July 2011

Recital March 2011


He made an eloquent case for Handel’s skill as a composer for harpsichord with a chaconne in G and variations, his fingers needling the keys like a sewing machine, Pinnock made beautiful pictures with the means at hand. The Washington Post, March 2011

Wigmore Hall Live CD

Recording 2010

"Pinnock’s playing in these works is fluent, modestly extrovert and fun-loving. It is without silly gestures or empty rhetoric." BBC Music Magazine, July 2010



Brandenburg Concertos
Trevor Pinnock, Harpsichord
The European Brandenburg Ensemble
Avie. Catalogue: 2119.


Complete Flute Sonatas 
Emmanuel Pahud, flute
Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord
Jonathan Manson, cello
EMI CD 2 17443 2
EMI Classics