“A resplendent performance…breathtaking. The production belonged entirely to Ms. Sorrell.”
“Sorrell is an absolute dynamo onstage and a pleasure to see conduct…. a force to be reckoned with. She brought the energy and creativity that… have granted her celebrity status within the early music world. Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor…. was a thrilling experience.”
GRAMMY®-winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell is recognized internationally as one of today’s most compelling interpreters of Baroque andClassical repertoire. She is the subject of the2019 documentary by Academy award-winning director Allan Miller, titled PLAYING WITH FIRE.
Sorrell studied conducting at the Aspen and the Tanglewood music festivals under Leonard Bernstein and Roger Norrington and harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. She won First Prize in theSpivey International Harpsichord Competition, competing against over 70 harpsichordists from Europe, Israel, the U.S., and the Soviet Union.
She is the founder of APOLLO’S FIRE and has led the renowned ensemble as conductor and harpsichord soloist at London’s BBC Proms, CarnegieHall, Madrid’s Royal Theatre, London’s Wigmore Hall, and the Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Boston Early Music festivals, among others. Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire have released 26 commercial CDs, including 8 bestsellers on the Billboard classical chart and a 2019 GRAMMY® winner. Her recordings include the completeBrandenburg Concerti; Bach’s St John Passion; Handel’s Messiah; and the Monteverdi Vespers.
In demand as a guest conductor with symphony orchestras and period ensembles alike, Sorrell makes debuts this season with the New York Philharmonic (Handel’s Messiah) and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Bach’s St John Passion). She has repeatedly conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and New World Symphony, and also led the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Opera St Louis with the St Louis Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco), the Florida Orchestra, CalgaryPhilharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia (UK), among others. Sorrell has attracted national attention and awards for creative programming, using contextual and dramatic elements. She has received an honorary doctorate from Case Western University and an award from the American Musicological Society.