Trevor Pinnock

Biography

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.
In the 2014-15 season, Trevor conducts the Mozarteum Orchester (of which he is Principal Guest Conductor), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Les Violins du Roy, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Kammerorchester Basel, Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria and Kioi Sinfonietta. In recital he performs throughout the UK and in Italy and continues ‘Pinnock’s Passions’, his series of themed concerts at the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
This year Trevor recorded CPE Bach flute concertos with Emmanuel Pahud and the Kammerphilharmonie Potsdam. The Royal Academy of Music Soloists joined him for the third in a series of recordings of music arranged for Schoenberg’s private concerts. Their recordings of Debussy, Mahler and Bruckner have received high critical acclaim. Trevor’s work with young people 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.

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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

Washington

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

Recordings

J. S. BACH

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

J. S. BACH

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