Trevor Pinnock is recognised as a leading personality in the direction of period–instrument performance and a harpsichord soloist of international reputation.
Having received his education as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral and a scholar at the Royal College of Music, Trevor Pinnock formed the English Consort in 1973, since then, his lively and stylish interpretations with this ensemble have set new standards in the field of period performance. Based on the premise that their playing should appeal to the general listener as well as to the specialist, this partnership has established a pre-eminence among ensembles performing seventeenth and eighteenth-century music.
Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert have recorded extensively for DG/Archiv. Their catalogue of over 70 recordings have been met with critical acclaim, including Grand Prix du Disque, Gramophone and BRIT awards. The fondazione Giogio Cini named their Vivaldi concerti recording the best Vivaldi production of 1995. Their orchestral recordings include the complete Mozart symphonies, Haydn’s Sturm und Drang symphonies and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti and Orchestral Suites. In collaboration with The Choir of The English Concert, their recordings include Purcell’s King Arthu, Dioclesian and Timon of Athens, Handel’s Messiah and Belshazzar and Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Stabat Mater and Theresienmesse. Release in 1997 included Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus with Michael Chance, Opera Arias with Anne Sophie von Otter and Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks (original version) 1749.
Trevor Pinnock has appeared frequently as a guest conductor with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Boston, San Francisco and Detroit Symphony orchestras, the St. Paul and Los Angeles Chamber orchestras and at the Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart festivals; he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1998 with Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Trevor Pinnock first conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa in 1985 and was appointed their Artistic Director and Principal Conductor from 1991 to 1996.
During the 1997/98 season Trevor Pinnock worked with Mozarteum Orchestra, giving concerts in Salzburg during the Mozartwoche Festival and summer Salzburg Festival, Göteborg Symphony Orchestra and a visit to Tanglewood. Opera performances included Rodelinda with Karlsruhe Opera. In 1998/99 season includes Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse to be performed in Athens and Florence with The English Concert, Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra, a tour of Spain and Germany with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, harpsichord recitals in Europe and various projects with The English Concert.
Firmly established as one of the world’s foremost harpsichord virtuosi, Trevor Pinnock’s solo recordings include Scarlatti sonatas, Handel’s Harpsichord Suites and Bach’s Goldberg Variations and complete Partitas. As a soloist he has recorded the Bach Harpsichord Concerti and Haydn’s Piano concerto playing/directing The English Concert and the Poulenc Harpsichord concerto with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Trevor Pinnock received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1992.