back to top

Biography 511 words

Download biography as pdf Download biography as word doc

The English Concert is among the finest chamber orchestras in the world, with an unsurpassed reputation for inspiring performances of Baroque and Classical music in the concert hall and on CD. Based in London, the orchestra presents an annual season there, in addition to extensive touring. In 2007 Harry Bicket became the orchestra’s Artistic Director, following in the steps of Andrew Manze and their founder, Trevor Pinnock. Recent and future solo collaborators with the orchestra include singers David Daniels, Ian Bostridge, and Alice Coote, and instrumentalists Fabio Biondi, Kristian Bezuidenhout, and Maurice Steger. The ensemble also works with guest director-harpsichordists, including Laurence Cummings, Kenneth Weiss and Mahan Esfahani. Future plans feature Handel operas-in-concert in the United States and Europe, and operas by Gluck with the Theater and der Wien in Vienna. The English Concert’s many recordings include many prize-winners, most recently As steals the Morn, a CD of Handel arias with tenor Mark Padmore that received a 2008 BBC Music Magazine Award. Recent releases include acclaimed recital discs with Ian Bostridge and Elizabeth Watts, whose recording of Bach Cantatas with Harry Bicket was chosen as ‘CD of the Month’ by Gramophone Magazine. Future releases include recordings with Danielle de Niese and Lucy Crowe.

read more...

The English Concert

The English Concert is among the finest chamber orchestras in the world, with an unsurpassed reputation for inspiring performances of Baroque and Classical music in the concert hall and on CD.  Based in London, the orchestra presents an annual season there, in addition to extensive touring. In 2007 Harry Bicket became the orchestra’s Artistic Director, following in the steps of Andrew Manze and their founder, Trevor Pinnock. Recent and future solo collaborators with the orchestra include singers David Daniels, Ian Bostridge, and Alice Coote, and instrumentalists Fabio Biondi, Kristian Bezuidenhout, and Maurice Steger. The ensemble also works with guest director-harpsichordists, including Laurence Cummings, Kenneth Weiss and Mahan Esfahani.  Future plans feature Handel operas-in-concert in the United States and Europe, and operas by Gluck with the Theater and der Wien in Vienna. The English Concert’s many recordings include many prize-winners, most recently As steals the Morn, a CD of Handel arias with tenor Mark Padmore that received a 2008 BBC Music Magazine Award. Recent releases include acclaimed recital discs with Ian Bostridge and Elizabeth Watts, whose recording of Bach Cantatas with Harry Bicket was chosen as ‘CD of the Month’ by Gramophone Magazine. Future releases include recordings with Danielle de Niese and Lucy Crowe.

 

 

Harry Bicket

Internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire. He became Artistic Director of The English Concert in 2007, one of the UK’s finest period orchestras.

The 2011/12 season includes opera productions for Metropolitan Opera (Rodelinda), Chicago Lyric (Rinaldo) and Bordeaux Opera (Alcina) as well as extensive concert and touring projects with The English Concert featuring soloists such as Ian Bostridge, Andreas Scholl and Vesselina Kasarova.

Highlights of recent seasons includes guest conducting with Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Critically-acclaimed opera productions for the Chicago Lyric (Hercules), Minnesota (Orfeo), Canadian Opera (Orfeo, Idomeneo), Liceu Barcelona (L’Arbore di Diana), Theater an der Wien (Iphigenie en Tauride) and Atlanta Opera (Orfeo). Extensive concerts and tours with The English Concert (including BBC Proms, Spain, Middle East, Austria, Germany, USA) as well as returns to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (including the world premiere of Ken Hesketh’s oratorio Like the sea, like Time). Symphonic guest conducting has included San Francisco Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, NACO Ottawa and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Future plans include returns to many of the above mentioned orchestras as well as productions with the Met, Liceu Barcelona, Canadian Opera Company and Houston Grand Opera.

Bicket has appeared at major US festivals such as Glimmerglass, Spoleto, Aspen and Santa Fe. His discography includes releases with Ian Bostridge, David Daniels, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, a Handel duets disc with Sarah Connolly, Rosie Joshua and most recently on Harmonia Mundi with Elizabeth Watts and The English Concert.

 

June 2011

back to top

Photos

back to top

Reviews

"[Harry Bicket's] performances with his period band English Concert here Sunday were beautiful... wonderfully in tune with the fire, fantasy and dancing lightness of the music... "

Chicago Tribune

"Early-music groups can have varied ambitions. Some emphasize the past’s mysterious distance; some make the past prophetically up to date. Some evoke rusticity; some conjure lavish architecture. But in their Sunday performance at Jordan Hall, jointly presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston and the Boston Early Music Festival, the English Concert revealed themselves as a kind of museum of musical industry, displaying expressive manufactures of the Baroque; the more ingenious the wares, the more flair with which they offered them."

The Boston Globe

"The English Concert performs with the confidence that comes of solid preparation. Although Bicket’s onstage conducting was modest, as fits the demands, his leadership was evident in the group’s cohesive music-making."

Boston Classical Reveiw

"Even while playing the harpsichord, Bicket exhibited great control over the ensemble, sometimes fully conducting, sometimes with only one hand, and often only with eye contact and body language. The ensemble played expressively and attentively. The players could be seen cuing each other with their eyes and bodies throughout the concert; the result was an impeccably unified sound on both a rhythmic and dynamic level."

The Arts Fuse

back to top

Discography