The English Concert with Artistic Director Harry Bicket and distinguished guest artists continues to perform Baroque and Classical music with the passion, sophistication and technical mastery established at its creation.
With an unsurpassed reputation for inspiring performances of baroque and classical music, The English Concert ranks among the finest chamber orchestras in the world.
Such standing is the result of tireless work at home, on the road and in the studio since 1973, guided along the way by founder Trevor Pinnock, his successor Andrew Manze, and current Artistic Director Harry Bicket. From Bach to Purcell and Handel to Mozart, our award-winning discography features well over 100 recordings with some of the most renowned artists in recent history.
We also enjoy working with several distinguished guest directors, including this season harpsichordist Laurence Cummings and violinist Rachel Podger. Ground-breaking collaborations are at the forefront of our thinking and part of our longstanding relationships with exceptional artists and venues. These include our flourishing commission from New York’s Carnegie Hall to present a series of operas-in-concert by Handel.
Making his Glyndebourne festival debut in 1996 with Peter Sellars’ landmark production of Theodora, Harry Bicket is internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction. Noted particularly for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire, he was appointed Artistic Director of The English Concert in 2007. In 2013 Harry also became Chief Conductor of Sante Fe Opera, opening the following season with a critically-acclaimed Fidelio.
From New York to Los Angeles, and Hong Kong to Stockholm, Harry is no stranger to the great orchestras and opera houses the world over. Following his celebrated production of Rodelinda with Renée Fleming and David Daniels in 2004, he is a regular guest at the Metropolitan Opera. The current season is no different, with visits to Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cleveland Orchestra and extensive touring with The English Concert to the United States, Europe, and the Far East.
While his production of Handel’s Orlando for the Royal Opera House received an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Opera Production, his recordings are equally admired, receiving both Grammy and Gramophone nominations for his recordings with David Daniels, Susan Graham, and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.
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