Trevor Pinnock

Biography

Trevor Pinnock pioneered performance on historical instruments with his orchestra, The English Concert, which he founded in 1972. Since 2003 he has divided his time between conducting, solo, chamber music and educational projects. 

He tours regularly with Maria João Pires and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and with Emmanuel Pahud and Kammerakademie Potsdam. This year he returns to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kammerorchester Basel, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo.

Recordings released this season include a solo recital ‘Journey - 200 years of harpsichord music’; CPE Bach Flute Concertos with Emmanuel Pahud and the Kammerakademie Potsdam; Mozart’s Gran Partita for winds and Haydn Notturno with the Royal Academy of Music Soloists.

Trevor is Principal Guest Conductor of the RAM Concert Orchestra. In 1992 he was awarded the honour of CBE and he is also an Officier des Arts et des Lettres.

August 2016 - This biography must not be edited without the permission of Askonas Holt Ltd

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  • CPE BACH
    Trevor Pinnock records C.P.E. Bach with Emmanuel Pahud

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Schedule

St Peter's Church Sudbury, SUFFOLK

BACH: Sonata in G major for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1027:
Adagio, Allegro ma non tanto, Andante, Allegro moderato,
BACH: Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue in D minor BWV 903
BACH: Sonata in D Major for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1028:
Adagio, Allegro, Andante, Allegro
Interval
MARAIS La petite Bru. Air gracieux (from Book V, 1725), Le Badinage (book IV 1717), Chaconne (Book V, 1725)
HANDEL Chaconne in G HWV 435
BACH: Sonata in G minor for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1029:
Vivace, Adagio, Allegro

Jonathan Manson, viola da gamba

St Andrew's & St George's West Church, EDINBURGH

BACH Sonata in G major for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1027:
Adagio, Allegro ma non tanto, Andante, Allegro moderato
COUPERIN: Suite in F: Prélude, Allemande, Gigue, Chaconne
BACH Sonata in D major for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1028:
Adagio, Allegro, Andante, Allegro
-Interval-
M. MARAIS La petite Bru. Air gracieux (from Book V, 1725), Le Badinage (book IV 1717), Chaconne (Book V, 1725)
RAMEAU Gavotte and variations (Gavotte avec les doubles de la Gavotte) from Suite in A minor 1728
BACH Sonata in G minor for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1029:
Vivace, Adagio, Allegro

Jonathan Manson, viola da gamba

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Interview

Press

70th Birthday Concert

Wigmore Hall

“Katy Bircher was the fluent soloist in Bach’s second Orchestral Suite – a flute concerto in all but name – while Rachel Podger’s violin and Jonathan Manson’s cello graced a Handel sonata, and Pinnock’s own virtuosity lit up the fifth Brandenburg.
Then it was the turn of the Royal Academy of Music’s Alumni Ensemble – which Pinnock guest-conducts – to give a performance, with soprano Lauryna Bendziunaite, of Erwin Stein’s chamber arrangement of Mahler’s fourth symphony. It didn’t take long for the initial shock of this unfamiliar reduction to wear off: replacing orchestral padding with chamber electricity, this was a revelatory account.”

Michael Church, The Independent, 19 December 2016

70th Birthday Concert

National Centre for Early Music, York

"The remarkable aspect was not how small the ensemble sounded, but how large: as Pinnock built up the momentum of the fifth Brandenburg’s famous, extended cadenza you were put in mind that Bach treated the harpsichord the way Jimi Hendrix treated amplifiers, as if willing them to explode." Alfred Hickling, The Guardian, 12 December 2016

MOZART

Mozart: Gran Partita

Linn Records CKD 516

"And from their glowing first chord to the extravagantly mellow colours of the variations to the deft fizz of the finale, this is seriously impressive playing from students of the Royal Academy of Music under Trevor Pinnock" Kate Molleson, The Guardian,5 May 2016

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