Philip Pickett (1950-)
Last updated: 03.05.21
rppickett.jpgAccording to the Internet source given below, Philip Pickett is an English recorder player, conductor and teacher. Initially a trumpet player he became interested in baroque composers and was influenced by Anthony Baines and David Munrow of the David Munrow Ensemble which led him to take up the recorder, crumhorn, shawm, rackett etc. He studied at Guildhall School of Music gaining many awards and went on to be appointed Professor of Recorder and Historical Performance at the Guildhall School.
Philip Pickett has performed and recorded as soloist with many leading ensembles, among them the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Polish Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia, London Chamber Orchestra, London Bach Orchestra and English Concert. His solo recordings include all the Händel recorder sonatas and trio sonatas, virtuoso sonatas by 17th and 18th century Italian composers and concertos by Vivaldi and Telemann.
An organiser of numerous, prestigious festivals of early music brought him new appointments as artistic director of the Purcell Room Early Music Series (1993) and Director of Early Music at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the formation of the Musicians of the Globe. From 1994 to 1997 Philip Pickett was founder and director of the Aldeburgh Early Music Festival, and in 1996 he was appointed artistic director of the new September Early Music Festival at the South Bank Centre.
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