Trevor Pinnock is recognised worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with his own orchestra, The English Concert, which he founded in 1972 and led for the next thirty years. He now divides his time between conducting, solo and chamber music and educational projects.
He works regularly with orchestras such as Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Pinnock's contribution to musical life at the Royal Academy of Music is considerable, with regular conducting commitments as Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy's Concert Orchestra in addition to conducting Royal Academy Opera productions, including the acclaimed production of Haydn's La vera costanza. In 1992 he was awarded the honour of CBE and he is also an Officier des Arts et des Lettres.
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'The textures in the symphony are endlessly fascinating...more importantly, the performance has both depth and beauty...'more >>Pizzicato
'Anthony Payne’s transcription of Bruckner’s Second Symphony for chamber orchestra guarantees the listener a stunning experience. Performance and sound quality are amazing as well.'more >>Gramophone
'...there are times in the finale where the music takes flight in a way that I’ve virtually never heard in an orchestral performance...'more >>The Sunday Times
'...Payne creates a beautiful pinpoint effect that illuminates Bruckner’s argument and makes it seem even more productively spacious.'more >>SA-CD.net
'...a most enjoyable realisation of Schoenberg's vision...'more >>Herald Scotland
'This is gripping stuff. The feeling of bigness is still there, but there's now a light translucence to the music.'more >>The Irish Times
'...reducing forces to a small body of instruments gives great clarity to the parts and reveals the inner workings of the counterpoint...'more >>Words and Music
'Disc of the Day':'It is lean and fresh...Top quality.'more >>Spiegel Online
‘Solistenensemble diesen Kosmos an Klang und Stimmungen mit Kammermusik-Mitteln erforscht, zeugt von Selbstbewusstsein. Bitte mehr Experimente dieser Art, Mr. Pinnock!’more >>Hi-Fi News
'...the performances are just enjoyable in their own right.'more >>Audiophile Norway
'An incredibly great recording…I can hardly wait for the next.’more >>Toronto Star
‘Here is a stunning example of less being infinitely more.’more >>International Record Review
‘The recording is warm and clear…I’ve certainly enjoyed it.’more >>Pulsion Audio
‘Les musiciens sont de premier ordre: la Royal Academy of Music Soloists est dirigée par une main de maître et avec tout le savoir-faire de Trevor Pinnock. Un plaisir assuré!’more >>The New Zealand Herald
'Drawing-room Mahler brings new sounds and insights.'more >>MusicWeb International
‘Overall however this is a performance to treasure, crowned by a delightfully natural account of the soprano solo in the last movement by Sónia Grané.’more >>Classical CD Review
‘Performances here are superb as is the audio.’more >>Infodad
'Sensitively scaled arrangement brings forth elements of Mahler that are always there but that tend to disappear beneath the excellence of his orchestrations.'more >>BBC Music Magazine
'Trevor Pinnock directs a disciplined and expressive performance...'The Guardian
'The introduction of the soprano soloist (Sónia Grané here) for the final movement becomes utterly natural, and creates all kinds of unexpected connections, not only with Mahler's own songs but with Schoenberg's works, too. A satisfying, thought-provoking disc.'more >>The Herald Scotland
'Simply, this is one of the most beautiful and revealing discs I have heard in years. I am completely hooked.'more >>The Herald Scotland
'... something remarkable and completely extraordinary...'more >>Financial Times
'Both capture a simplicity of timbre and colouring that goes to the essence of the music...'more >>Sinfini Music
'Don't dismiss this stripped-down version of Mahler's symphony, says Philip Clark. Trevor Pinnock and his players have uncovered a gem from the Viennese musical underworld.'more >>Gramophone
'Under Pinnock, the Royal Academy of Music's Chamber Ensemble bring to the surface the lithe counterpoint that usually lumbers under thicker string textures, while soprano Sonia Grane succeeds admirably in illuminating the piece's inner folksong.'more >>Dagogo.com
'The stripped-back orchestration of both pieces offer the listener a fresh perspective on these popular works.'BachTrack.com
'I was allowed to cheer and applaud with all the enthusiasm this magical performance deserved.'more >>BachTrack.com
‘Trevor Pinnock communicated energy, enthusiasm and natural phrasing to the RAM students. He brought a beauty to the Mahler.'