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Trevor Pinnock is renowned world-wide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered the modern revival of early music performance.

In 1972 he founded the English Concert whose reputation for ground-breaking performances on period instruments led to an extensive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and world-wide tours. Pinnock has recorded solo works, including Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Partitas. His most recent recordings include Bach’s complete Well Tempered Clavier and a unique arrangement of the Goldberg Variations by Józef Koffler with Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble. He remained Artistic Director of the English Concert until 2003 and since that time he has divided his work between conducting, solo and chamber music engagements and educational projects at the Royal Academy of Music where he is Principal Guest Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra.

He regularly works with Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, Deutsche Kammerphiharmonie Bremen and Mozarteumorchester Salzburg. Frequent chamber music partners include flautist Emmanuel Pahud, viola da gamba player Jonathan Manson and violinists Sophie Gent and Matthew Truscott.

In the 22-23 season, Trevor undertakes a European tour with Karmmerorchester Basel and Maria João Pires who also joins him for a Spanish tour with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg. He returns to Orchestre National de France, and Orchestre de Chambre de Paris for a performance with Les Vents Francais as soloists, and directs an all Handel programme with La Scintilla at Zurich Opera. He returns to the Royal Academy of Music to join stage director Frederic Wake Walker for a new production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.

Trevor Pinnock is the Artistic Director of Anima Mundi Festival in Pisa, and Principal Conductor of Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra. He was awarded a CBE in 1992 and an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998.