Conductor Andrew Parrott is perhaps best known for over 50 pioneering recordings (principally for EMI) of pre- classical repertory from Machaut to Handel with the London-based Taverner Consort, Choir and Players, which he founded in 1973. Parrott’s musical range is broad, and he works extensively with both period- and modern-instrument orchestras as well as opera companies, covering a huge range of repertoire. Besides co-editing the 700-page New Oxford Book of Carols (1992), he has published several major articLes on Monteverdi, Purcelland Bach and a book, The Essential Bach Choir (2000; German translation 2003). A further long-awaited book entitled Composers’ Intentions? is due on bookshelves in Spring 2015.
In 2002 Andrew Parrott was appointed Musical Director of the period- instrument New York Collegium, with whom he presented ground-breaking programmes of baroque music from Giovanni Gabrieli to Rameau. He has also held the post of Music Director and PrincipaL Conductor of the London Mozart Players, where he lexplored the classical repertoire in particular. Programmes frequently featured dramatic music with narration by distinguished actors, which led to the commissioning of Jonathan Dove’s The Crocodiamond, a children’s work for orchestra and narrator, premiered with actor Simon Callow.
Contemporary music has always played an important part in Andrew Parrott’s musicaL life and for severaL years he was an assistant to Sir MichaeL Tippett. He conducted the world premiere of Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera (which he later recorded with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra) and has made CDs of new music by other British composers (including John Tavener), by Vladimir Godar (with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra) and by Arvo Part. He also conducted a Taverner Choir recording of Requiem: Songs in Memory and Beslan by the British composer Nick Bicats.
For Toronto’s Opera Atelier he hasconducted productions of Lully’sArmide, Gluck’s Jphigenie en Tauride and Orphee, and of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Magic Flute and Don Giovanni, all with the period-instrument orchestra TafeLmusik. Recently, he made his debut at the Gottingen InternationaL Handel FestivaL, conducting Amadigi. Mozart also figures prominently in Parrott’s guest conducting, which has included a series of anniversary concerts with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. Elsewhere in Sweden he has recorded the compLete Beethoven Piano Concertos with the Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam, released on BIS. Recently, he has conducted the Capella Cracoviensis in Krakow, the MDR Sinfonieorchester and the Casa da Musica in Porto as well as performing Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers in Bavaria with his Taverner forces, comprising musicians drawn from nine countries and including some members of The New York Collegium. Recently, Andrew conducted the Slovak Philharmonic once more in a programme that included Godar’s Querela pacis as well as a concert of Bach’s Cantatas in Krakow.
Andrew received the York Early Music Festival Lifetime Achievement award in 2014.