Trevor Pinnock, 74, gets a job in Japan

Trevor Pinnock, 74, gets a job in Japan


norman lebrecht

August 14, 2021

The British early music specialist has been appointed Principal Conductor of Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra Tokyo from April 2022.


  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    It’s OK if that’s what he wants, but what about a rich and fruitful retired life?

    • CRWang says:

      Instead of making music and spreading joy to people, Pinnock’s “rich and fruitful retired life” should be like Sue Sonata’s? Watching TV, cursing minorities, lamenting the poor flight of white males, and cheering Trump on.

    • Armchair Bard says:

      Klemperer was still recording right up until his death aged 88 (and a little beyond that, according to one EMI insider).

    • M McAlpine says:

      Who ever said retirement was mandatory?

      • Maria says:

        No one but at 75 it might be good, as Kiri te Kanawa once said, of letting go to a younger generation and in this case not take away a Japanese job to put in ‘a name’ and in a pandemic that won’t have gone away.

        • V. Lind says:

          Pinnock offers an expertise that may not be widespread in Japan. I daresay they thought they might learn something from the opportunity to work with him, that will be a legacy to further their musical growth.

        • The View from the West says:

          No offense to Dame Kiri, but most conductors aged 75 can conduct better than singers aged 75 can sing (that’s just one of the many injustices of old age). Some might even still have important things to say, if anyone cares to listen.

  • Maria says:

    Hope he’s got good health insurance for 75+ by then. No NHS over there.

  • Jeff says:

    It seems like it’s impossible for most people to just wish someone well these days…..

  • msc says:

    Indeed — if it is what he wants, good for him. I attended quite a few of the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s (Ottawa) concerts while he was their conductor and the overall quality of his music making was very high. He seems to have a deep innate musicality and clearly lives for music.

  • Henry williams says:

    He has to keep working. The state pension is not enough.