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.

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.

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Glocke Bremen, Bremen

SCHUBERT Overture, D.590 in D major (In the Italian Style)
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op.21,
Interval
HAYDN Symphony No.92 in G major 'Oxford'
Trevor Pinnock, conductor
Maria João Pires, piano
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest

SCHUBERT Overture, D.590 in D major (In the Italian Style)
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op.21,
Interval
HAYDN Symphony No.92 in G major 'Oxford'
Trevor Pinnock, conductor
Maria João Pires, piano
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest

SCHUBERT Overture, D.590 in D major (In the Italian Style)
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op.21,
Interval
HAYDN Symphony No.92 in G major 'Oxford'
Trevor Pinnock, conductor
Maria João Pires, piano
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

National Forum of Music, Wroclaw

SCHUBERT Overture, D.590 in D major (In the Italian Style)
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op.21,
Interval
HAYDN Symphony No.92 in G major 'Oxford'
Trevor Pinnock, conductor
Maria João Pires, piano
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

National Forum of Music, Wroclaw

SCHUBERT Overture, D.590 in D major (In the Italian Style)
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op.21,
Interval
HAYDN Symphony No.92 in G major 'Oxford'
Trevor Pinnock, conductor
Maria João Pires, piano
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Colyer-Fergusson Building, University of Kent, Canterbury

'Trevor Pinnock & Friends'
PURCELL Theatre Music:
Overture  The Double dealer
As soon as the chaos  (tenor and baritone)  The Marriage Hater
Hornpipe  The Double dealer
Man is for a woman made ( sop but adding in ten. bar. and chorus during last verse) The Mock Marriage

Scocca pur  (solo harpsichord)  
From rosy bowers (sop) Don Quixote

Scotch tune,Minuet, Hornpipe. Amphitryon
Let the dreadful engines ( baritone)  Don Quixote (Purcell version in F major, edited by Timothy Roberts).
 
Chaconne The Gordian Knot Untied
I sighd and I pined (tenor)  A fool's preferment
Tis death alone
lute solo
I'll mount yon blue coelum
I'll sail upon a dog star (tenor) A Fool's preferment

Nymphs and shepherds (sop followed by chorus) The Libertine

Interval

PURCELL Dido and Aeneas

With:
Matthew Truscott, violin
Huw Daniel, violin
Alfonso Leal, viola
Jonny Byers, cello  
Thomas Dunford, theorbo
Pippa Macmillan, violone

Singers:
Theatre Music (first half of concert):
Stuart Jackson, tenor
Julia Doyle, soprano
Jonathan McGovern, baritone 

Dido and Aeneas (second part of concert):
Dido - Rowan Hellier
Aeneas - Jonathan McGovern
Sorceress - Pamela Helen Stephen
Belinda and First Woman, soprano - Julia Doyle
Sailor - Stuart Jackson
Spirit - countertenor - Person from Tenebra

Wigmore Hall, London

'Trevor Pinnock & Friends'
PURCELL Theatre Music:
Overture  The Double dealer
As soon as the chaos  (tenor and baritone)  The Marriage Hater
Hornpipe  The Double dealer
Man is for a woman made ( sop but adding in ten. bar. and chorus during last verse) The Mock Marriage

Scocca pur  (solo harpsichord)  
From rosy bowers (sop) Don Quixote

Scotch tune,Minuet, Hornpipe. Amphitryon
Let the dreadful engines ( baritone)  Don Quixote (Purcell version in F major, edited by Timothy Roberts).
 
Chaconne The Gordian Knot Untied
I sighd and I pined (tenor)  A fool's preferment
Tis death alone
lute solo
I'll mount yon blue coelum
I'll sail upon a dog star (tenor) A Fool's preferment

Nymphs and shepherds (sop followed by chorus) The Libertine

Interval

PURCELL Dido and Aeneas

With:
Matthew Truscott, violin
Huw Daniel, violin
Alfonso Leal, viola
Jonny Byers, cello  
Thomas Dunford, theorbo
Pippa Macmillan, violone

Singers:
Theatre Music (first half of concert):
Stuart Jackson, tenor
Julia Doyle, soprano
Jonathan McGovern, baritone 

Dido and Aeneas (second part of concert):
Dido - Rowan Hellier
Aeneas - Jonathan McGovern
Sorceress - Pamela Helen Stephen
Belinda and First Woman, soprano - Julia Doyle
Sailor - Stuart Jackson
Spirit - countertenor - Person from Tenebra

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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