Andrew Kirkman (conductor)
Andrew Kirkman studied at the universities of Durham, London (King’s College) and Princeton, and has worked at the universities of Manchester, Wales, Oxford and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is currently Peyton and Barber Professor of Music in the Music Department at Birmingham. He has directed a wide range of ensembles, including choirs, orchestras and various period-instrument ensembles. He founded The Binchois Consort in 1995, since when it has made eleven recordings, all on the Hyperion label. Its recordings and performances, of music by Dufay, Binchois, Josquin, Busnois and others, have received universally strong critical acclaim and many music industry prizes, including Gramophone's ‘Early Music Recording of the Year’ in 1999 for its recording ‘Music for St James the Greater by Guillaume Dufay.’ He has also had a busy career as a freelance violinist, and, with pianist Clipper Erickson, recently released a recording of world premiere performances of violin sonatas by Cyril Scott.