Trevor Pinnock CBE

Trevor Pinnock is one of the UK’s most accomplished and loved conductors and harpsichordists, and we are delighted that he is marking his forthcoming 70th birthday right here with a special celebration concert next month. The programme, featuring J S Bach, Handel and Purcell, is performed by a host of special guests, including Rachel Podger (violin), Jane Rogers (viola), Jonathan Manson (cello), Peter McCarthy (violine) and Bojan Cicic (violin), with Trevor himself on harpsichord.

Here are some facts about the birthday boy… 

  • Born 16 December 1946.
  • Trevor is one of the pioneers of the modern revival of early music performance, founding The English Concert in 1972.
  • He divides his time between conducting, solo, chamber music and educational projects.
  • Trevor Pinnock is President of the Faversham Music Club in Kent, which puts on a number of popular concerts and social events each year.
  • Pinnock’s honorary doctorates include: University of Ottawa (D. University) in 1993, University of Kent (DMus) in 1995, University of Sheffield (DMus) in 2005.
  • Pinnock was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1992 and an Officier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998.
  • In 2006 Pinnock founded the European Brandenburg Ensemble to celebrate his 60th birthday.
  • As a conductor he tours with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Kammerakademie Potsdam.  His concert engagements include return visits to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg – of which he is Principal Guest Conductor.  Future highlights include Don Giovani at Houston Opera.
  • Recordings include ‘Wigmore Live’ featuring works by Purcell, Handel and Haydn.  A recording of concertos and chamber music from the court of Frederick the Great with flautist Emmanuel Pahud, the Kammerakademie Potsdam and Matthew Truscott and Jonathan Manson.
  • In educational initiatives Pinnock continues his work with the Royal Academy of Music London and the University Mozarteum Salzburg.

Did you know? 
Trevor Pinnock won a Gramophone Award for his recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos in 2008.

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Friday 9 December, 7.30pm
£25, £20, £15, Free 8-25s (Cavatina)