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.

Orchestral highlights of the 2013/14 season include performances of Haydn’s Seasons with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra of which he is principal guest conductor, concerts with Menahem Pressler and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the MDR broadcast of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, soloists and Tenebrae. He returns to the English Concert to celebrate their 40th anniversary at the Wigmore Hall where he will also give a solo harpsichord recital.

In ‘Pinnock’s Passions’, Trevor will curate four themed concerts  with guest musicians and speakers at the new candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe.

During 2014 Trevor records CPE Bach flute concertos with Emmanuel Pahud and the Kammerphilharmonie Potsdam and Beethoven piano concertos with Rafal Blechacz and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The Royal Academy of Music Soloists join him for the third in a series of recordings of music arranged for Schoenberg’s private concerts. The first recording, of Mahler’s fourth symphony and Debussy’s L’aprés midi d’un faune has recently been released. 

Trevor’s work with young people at the RAM also includes orchestral concerts as principal guest conductor of the Concert Orchestra, opera and chamber music with the RAM Soloists. In 2014 he will also give a masterclass at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

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