Philip Pickett • Biography
Musical Director and founder of the world-renowned ensembles New London Consort and Musicians of the Globe, Philip Pickett is considered one of today's most eminent advocates of period performance. For the past 10 years or so he has also embarked on a flourishing new career as guest conductor, leading modern symphony and chamber orchestras as well as opera companies in Classical, Romantic and Baroque repertoires.
Philip Pickett began his musical career as a trumpeter before becoming one of Britain's leading recorder players, performing and recording as soloist with many leading UK and European ensembles.
As guest conductor Philip Pickett has appeared in the past seasons with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra, Orquesta de Granada, Orchestre de Bretagne, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Macau Orchestra and Mexico City Philharmonic. In 2004 he conducted a new production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at Lyon National Opera and in 2009 he conducted a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Mexico National Opera.
Recent guest conducting engagements have included concerts with the Orquesta de Granada and Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi in Spain, as well as debuts with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orchestre de Picardie and Orchestre d’Auvergne - three orchestras which have reinvited him in 2011/12 and 2012/13. Other forthcoming guest conducting projects include concerts with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de Granada, Het Brabants Orkest, Oulu Sinfonia, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and Monte-Carlo Philharmonic.
Artists of London's Southbank between 1996-2005, Philip Pickett and the New London Consort have performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lingotto Turin, Palau de la Musica Barcelona, Royal Festival Hall London and Lincoln Center New York. In November 2003 Philip Pickett conducted the New London Consort’s acclaimed Jonathan Miller production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at London’s Southbank, with later revivals at major arts festivals in England, Norway and China and at the Cité de la Musique in Paris. A world-wide tour of the production in 2007 marked the 400th anniversary of the first performance of L’Orfeo. Throughout 2011 and 2012 Philip Pickett and the New London Consort presented a new and controversial version of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen staged by brilliant Mexican director Mauricio García Lozano on tour in major concert halls world-wide, with more revivals planned in Turkey and Mexico in 2013. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 Philip Pickett will also be conducting the New London Consort in performances of Purcell’s King Arthur, Handel’s Acis & Galatea, Eccles/Weldon’s The Judgement of Paris, and Locke/Purcell The Tempest on tour in Europe.
Philip Pickett and the New London Consort recorded exclusively for Decca for 15 years, making more than 40 CDs including Monteverdi's L'Orfeo and 1610 Vespers, Bach's Brandenburg Concerti, Orchestral Suites and Christmas Oratorio, Blow's Venus & Adonis, Telemann’s Water Music and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
As well as regularly touring world-wide, Philip Pickett and the Musicians of the Globe have recorded a series of CDs of English theatre music for Philips Classics including Purcell's Timon of Athens, excerpts from Dido & Aeneas and The Fairy Queen, and Henry Rowley Bishop's music for the Covent Garden Shakespeare revivals around 1820.
From 1996-2003 Philip Pickett was artistic director of London’s Southbank Centre annual Early Music Festival. In 1995 he was appointed Director of Early Music at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. In May 2010 Philip Pickett and his Ensembles were appointed Associate Artists of Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.