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Pinnock, Trevor (harpsichord)
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Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord)

Trevor Pinnock was born in 1946 in Canterbury. At the age of six, he entered the cathedral choir school there and also commenced piano studies with June Smith, who taught him until he was eleven. As a teenager, Pinnock moved on to the organ. In 1964 he took harpsichord and organ lessons with Nicholas Jackson before gaining an ARCM and a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Ralph Downes (organ) and Millicent Silver (harpsichord). At the college he started his first ensemble, the Galliard Harpsichord Trio, with Stephen Preston (flute) and Anthony Pleeth (cello). They rehearsed regularly at the Benton Fletcher Collection of historical instruments at Fenton House, Hampstead.

In 1972 Pinnock formed the English Concert to perform on period instruments. The ensemble set new standards, and by the later 1970s had toured as far afield as Iran and Australia and made its first recordings, for the CRD label. In 1978 a contract to record on Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv label brought the ensemble to greater international prominence. J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suites and, especially, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (with Simon Standage) were the first of the stream of recordings that followed, which included major works by Bach, Handel, Corelli, Vivaldi, Haydn and Mozart. As solo harpsichordist, Pinnock also recorded Bach’s Partitas and Toccatas and Handel’s Suites.

In 2003 Pinnock decided to hand over the English Concert to his fellow musicians. He is now a regular guest conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg, Deutschekammerphilharmonie Bremen, Kammerorchester Basel, Kammerakademie Potsdam and Kioi Sinfonietta. He works frequently with the pianist Maria João Pires and flautist Emmanuel Pahud.

An important part of Pinnock’s work is with students of the Royal Academy of Music, whom he conducts in concert and opera. With the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble he has recorded three albums of music with Linn based on Schoenberg’s private concerts as well as Mozart’s ‘Gran Partita’ for wind coupled with Haydn’s Notturno in G major.


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