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 Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Kammerorchester Basel, Les Violons du Roi and Kioi Sinfonietta.

In 2016 Trevor conducts two tours with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Maria João Pires. He will also conduct the Dresdner Phiharmonie and make return visits to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kammerakademie Potsdam, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Kammerorchester Basel, Kioi Sinfonietta, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest.

Trevor brings Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and Theatre Music to the Wigmore Hall where later in the season he will also perform chamber music by Purcell, Corelli and Handel with Sophie Gent, Matthew Truscott and Jonathan Manson as part of a UK tour. He will also give solo recitals including music by Froberger and Louis Couperin which he will record on the 1627 and 1635 Ioannes Ruckers harpsichords in The Flint Collection.

Recordings to be released this season on the Linn label include a solo recital ‘Journey - 200 years of harpsichord music’ and the Mozart Gran Partita for winds and a Haydn Notturno with the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble. Trevor’s work 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.

September 2015
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Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, LEIPZIG

BACH St Matthew Passion (Mendelssohn version)

Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig
MDR Rundfunkchor, NDR Chor
Benjamin Bruns (tenor – Evangelist and arias)
Michael Nagy (bass – Jesus)
Martina Janková (soprano)
Ann Hallenberg (alto)
Peter Mattei (bass – arias)
Panajotis Iconomou (bass – Pilate)

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, LEIPZIG

BACH St Matthew Passion (Mendelssohn version)

Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig
MDR Rundfunkchor, NDR Chor
Benjamin Bruns (tenor – Evangelist and arias)
Michael Nagy (bass – Jesus)
Martina Janková (soprano)
Ann Hallenberg (alto)
Peter Mattei (bass – arias)
Panajotis Iconomou (bass – Pilate)

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, LEIPZIG

BACH St Matthew Passion

Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig
MDR Rundfunkchor, NDR Chor
Benjamin Bruns (tenor – Evangelist and arias)
Michael Nagy (bass – Jesus)
Martina Janková (soprano)
Ann Hallenberg (alto)
Peter Mattei (bass – arias)
Panajotis Iconomou (bass – Pilate)

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, LEIPZIG

BACH St Matthew Passion

Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig
MDR Rundfunkchor, NDR Chor
Benjamin Bruns (tenor – Evangelist and arias)
Michael Nagy (bass – Jesus)
Martina Janková (soprano)
Ann Hallenberg (alto)
Peter Mattei (bass – arias)
Panajotis Iconomou (bass – Pilate)

Various, VIENNA

BEETHOVEN Overture to Prometheus
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major
Interval
MOZART Symphony No.39 in E flat major

Kammerorchester Basel
Rafal Blechacz, piano

Various, VIENNA

BEETHOVEN Overture to Prometheus
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major
Interval
MOZART Symphony No.39 in E flat major

Kammerorchester Basel
Rafal Blechacz, piano

Various, VIENNA

BEETHOVEN Overture to Prometheus
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major
Interval
MOZART Symphony No.39 in E flat major

Kammerorchester Basel
Rafal Blechacz, piano

Various, VIENNA

BEETHOVEN Overture to Prometheus
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major
Interval
MOZART Symphony No.39 in E flat major

Kammerorchester Basel
Rafal Blechacz, piano

Colyer-Fergusson Building, CANTERBURY

Trios and solos by the most fam’d masters:

PURCELL Sonata in four parts No.9 in F major:
[…] – Adagio - Canzona Allegro – Grave - Allegro
PURCELL Suite No.4 in A minor for harpsichord:
Prelude - Almand - Courante - Saraband
PURCELL Sonata in three parts No.10 in A major:
[…] – Largo – Grave - Presto

PURCELL Sonata in 3 parts No.6 in C major:
[…] – Canzona – Largo - Allegro
CROFT (formerly attr. Purcell) Ground in C minor for harpsichord
PURCELL Sonata in three parts No.9 in C minor:
[…] – Largo – Canzona – Adagio - Allegro

PURCELL Sonata in four parts No.6 in G minor:
Adagio

Interval

CORELLI Sonata (Ciacona) in G major Op.2, No.XII:
Largo – Allegro
CORELLI Sonata in C major, Op.3, No.VIII:
Largo – Allegro – Largo - Allegro

DOWLAND King of Denmarks Galliard
DOWLAND Lachrimae
KAPSBERGER Toccata 6
DALZA Calata

HANDEL Sonata in F major, HWV 392:
Andante – Allegro – Adagio – Allegro

[...] indicates a movement or section for which Purcell didn't give a tempo indication

Violins: Sophie Gent and Matthew Truscott
Bass viol & cello: Jonathan Manson
Harpsichord & organ: Trevor Pinnock
Lute: Thomas Dunford

Colyer-Fergusson Building, CANTERBURY

Trios and solos by the most fam’d masters:

PURCELL Sonata in four parts No.9 in F major:
[…] – Adagio - Canzona Allegro – Grave - Allegro
PURCELL Suite No.4 in A minor for harpsichord:
Prelude - Almand - Courante - Saraband
PURCELL Sonata in three parts No.10 in A major:
[…] – Largo – Grave - Presto

PURCELL Sonata in 3 parts No.6 in C major:
[…] – Canzona – Largo - Allegro
CROFT (formerly attr. Purcell) Ground in C minor for harpsichord
PURCELL Sonata in three parts No.9 in C minor:
[…] – Largo – Canzona – Adagio - Allegro

PURCELL Sonata in four parts No.6 in G minor:
Adagio

Interval

CORELLI Sonata (Ciacona) in G major Op.2, No.XII:
Largo – Allegro
CORELLI Sonata in C major, Op.3, No.VIII:
Largo – Allegro – Largo - Allegro

DOWLAND King of Denmarks Galliard
DOWLAND Lachrimae
KAPSBERGER Toccata 6
DALZA Calata

HANDEL Sonata in F major, HWV 392:
Andante – Allegro – Adagio – Allegro

[...] indicates a movement or section for which Purcell didn't give a tempo indication

Violins: Sophie Gent and Matthew Truscott
Bass viol & cello: Jonathan Manson
Harpsichord & organ: Trevor Pinnock
Lute: Thomas Dunford

Wigmore Hall, LONDON

Trios and solos by the most fam’d masters:
PURCELL Sonata in four parts No.9 in F major:
[…]
Adagio
Canzona Allegro
Grave
Allegro

PURCELL Suite No.4 in A minor for harpsichord:
Prelude
Almand
Courante
Saraband

PURCELL Sonata in three parts No.10 in A major:
[…]
Largo
Grave
Presto

PURCELL Sonata in 3 parts No.6 in C major:
[…]
Canzona
Largo
Allegro

CROFT (formerly attr. Purcell) Ground in C minor for harpsichord
PURCELL Sonata in three parts No.9 in C minor:
[…]
Largo
Canzona
Adagio
Allegro

PURCELL Sonata in four parts No.6 in G minor:
Adagio

Interval

CORELLI Sonata (Ciacona) in G major Op.2, No.XII:
Largo
Allegro

CORELLI Sonata in C major, Op.3, No.VIII:
Largo
Allegro
Largo
Allegro

DOWLAND King of Denmarks Galliard
DOWLAND Lachrimae
KAPSBERGER Toccata 6
DALZA Calata

HANDEL Sonata in F major, HWV 392:
Andante
Allegro
Adagio
Allegro

Violins: Sophie Gent and Matthew Truscott
Bass viol & cello: Jonathan Manson
Harpsichord & organ: Trevor Pinnock
Lute: Thomas Dunford

Wigmore Hall, LONDON

Trios and solos by the most fam’d masters:
PURCELL Sonata in four parts No.9 in F major:
[…]
Adagio
Canzona Allegro
Grave
Allegro

PURCELL Suite No.4 in A minor for harpsichord:
Prelude
Almand
Courante
Saraband

PURCELL Sonata in three parts No.10 in A major:
[…]
Largo
Grave
Presto

PURCELL Sonata in 3 parts No.6 in C major:
[…]
Canzona
Largo
Allegro

CROFT (formerly attr. Purcell) Ground in C minor for harpsichord
PURCELL Sonata in three parts No.9 in C minor:
[…]
Largo
Canzona
Adagio
Allegro

PURCELL Sonata in four parts No.6 in G minor:
Adagio

Interval

CORELLI Sonata (Ciacona) in G major Op.2, No.XII:
Largo
Allegro

CORELLI Sonata in C major, Op.3, No.VIII:
Largo
Allegro
Largo
Allegro

DOWLAND King of Denmarks Galliard
DOWLAND Lachrimae
KAPSBERGER Toccata 6
DALZA Calata

HANDEL Sonata in F major, HWV 392:
Andante
Allegro
Adagio
Allegro

Violins: Sophie Gent and Matthew Truscott
Bass viol & cello: Jonathan Manson
Harpsichord & organ: Trevor Pinnock
Lute: Thomas Dunford

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CD Recording

Journey - Linn Records 19/02/2016

Two Hundred Years of Harpsichord Music

“Inspired by the journey of the Spanish composer Antonio de Cabezón around Europe, Trevor Pinnock has assembled a quirky and intensely personal collection spanning two centuries of music and revisiting his career…” Nicholas Kenyon, The Guardian 14 February 2015
"The compositions featured here run the gamut from 16th century creations by the likes of Byrd, Tallis and the blind Spanish composer Antonio de Cabezon to the Baroque delights of Scarlatti and Handel, and Pinnock’s consumate keyboard artistry breathes new life into them all." Kevin Bryan, Chad, 4 February 2016
"I can recommend this birthday disc with wholehearted enthusiasm." Instrumental Choice (five stars) Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine, April 2016

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

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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