Trevor Pinnock

Born 1946

Trevor Pinnock

Harpsichord • Conductor


Trevor Pinnock is recognized worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with his own orchestra, The English Concert, which he founded in 1972 and led for the next thirty years. He now divides his time between conducting, solo and chamber music, and educational projects.

He works regularly with orchestras such as Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Highlights 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 returned to The English Concert to celebrate their fortieth anniversary at Wigmore Hall, where he also gave a solo harpsichord recital.

In ‘Pinnock's Passions', he curated four themed concerts with guest musicians and speakers at the new candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe. Pinnock recorded C.P.E. Bach's Flute Concertos with Emmanuel Pahud and the Kammerphilharmonie Potsdam and Beethoven's Piano Concertos with Rafal Blechacz and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.