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 2012/13 season, Pinnock conducts the Kioi Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg (where he is Principal Guest Conductor), Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, and tours with the Kammerorchester Basel and Maria João Pires. In opera he conducts Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Houston Opera and Haydn’s La Vera Constanza with the Royal Academy of Music, London. Pinnock gives solo recitals throughout the UK and trio recitals in the UK and Europe with Jonathan Manson and Matthew Truscott.
Recent recordings include 'Wigmore Live' (released in February 2010) featuring works by Purcell, Handel and Haydn and a recording of concertos and chamber music from the court of Frederick the Great with flautist Emmanuel Pahud and the Kammerakademie Potsdam- released on EMI at the end of 2011.
In educational initiatives Pinnock continues his work with the Royal Academy of Music, London and the University Mozarteum Salzburg. In 1992 he was awarded the honour of CBE and he is also an Officier des Arts et des Lettres.