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 Mozarteum Orchester (of which he is Principal Guest Conductor), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Les Violins du Roy, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Kammerorchester Basel and Kioi Sinfonietta.
In the 2015-16 season Trevor conducts two tours with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (with Maria João Pires) and conducts the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Dresdner Philharmonie, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kammerorchester Basel and returns to the Kioi Sinfonietta. In chamber music, Trevor gives concerts in London and Canterbury of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and Theatre Music and works by Purcell, Corelli and Handel in UK concerts with Sophie Gent, Matthew Truscott and Jonathan Manson.
Trevor has an extensive discography. Recent recordings include CPE Bach flute concertos with Emmanuel Pahud and the Kammerphilharmonie Potsdam and ‘Sound the Trumpet’ with Alison Balsom and The English Concert. He has recorded 3 discs with the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble including Mahler Symphony No 4, Bruckner Symphony No 2 and Mahler 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen' (arr. Schoenberg). 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.