Roger Norrington

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Sir Roger Norrington
Birth name Roger Arthur Carver Norrington
Born (1934-03-16) 16 March 1934 (age 80)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Genres Classical
Occupations Conductor
Years active 1962–present

Sir Roger Arthur Carver Norrington, (born 16 March 1934) is a British conductor. He is the son of Sir Arthur Norrington and his brother is Humphrey Thomas Norrington.

Norrington studied at The Royal Conservatory of Music[1] in Toronto, Dragon School, Oxford, Westminster School, Clare College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music under Adrian Boult among others. Norrington played the violin,and worked as a tenor through the 1960s, and in 1962 founded the Schütz Choir (later the Schütz Choir of London).

From 1969 to 1984, Norrington was music director of Kent Opera. In 1978, he founded the London Classical Players and remained their musical director until 1997. From 1985 to 1989, he was Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. He is also president of the London Philharmonic Choir and the Oxford Bach Choir. In the USA, from 1990 to 1994, he was music director of the Orchestra of St. Luke's. In Europe, he was principal conductor of the Camerata Salzburg from 1997 to 2006, and principal conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2011.[2] He was Artistic Advisor of the Boston Handel and Haydn Society from 2006 to 2009. He is currently Principal Conductor of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra,[3] and Chief Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Norrington is best known for historically informed performances of Baroque, Classical and Romantic music. He is a member of the historically informed performance movement. Norrington has advocated a limited or no use of vibrato in orchestral performances,[4] which has brought him both acclaim and criticism.[5] He has strictly followed Beethoven's original metronome markings in his symphonies, despite critical comment that these markings were "miscalculated".[5] He has conducted recordings of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Bruckner, and Mahler on period and modern instruments.[6] He has conducted over 50 world premieres, and has appeared regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, and major orchestras throughout the world.

With his wife, the choreographer Kay Lawrence, he formed in 1984 the Early Opera Project to complement his concert work in period-style opera, beginning with Claudio Monteverdi's L'Orfeo at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino that year, and touring Britain in 1986.

In August 2008, Norrington appeared in the reality TV talent show-themed television series, Maestro on BBC Two, when he led the judging panel.[7] He conducted the First Night of the Proms in 2006 and the Last Night of The Proms on 13 September 2008.[8]

Norrington has been married twice. He and his second wife, Kay Lawrence, have a son, Tom.[9] He was made an OBE in 1980, a CBE in 1990 and a Knight Bachelor in 1997. He is a Patron of Bampton Classical Opera and the Orchestra of St Paul's. He is an Honorary Fellow of Clare College Cambridge, and holds Honorary degrees from the Universities of York and Kent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Littler (2011-12-30). "Sir Roger Norrington Performs Classics The Old Way". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  2. ^ Götz Thieme (2010-02-25). "Stéphane Denève soll es werden". Stuttgarter Zeitung. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Roger Norrington neuer Chefdirigent des Zürcher Kammerorchesters". Basler Zeitung. 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  4. ^ Roger Norrington (16 February 2003). "Time to Rid Orchestras of the Shakes". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  5. ^ a b Allan Kozinn (6 August 2003). "Reading a Score, and Beethoven's Mind". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  6. ^ John Rockwell (2 January 1994). "Norrington's Historical Trek Gathers Fresh Momentum". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  7. ^ "Eight passionate amateurs bid to become BBC Two's Maestro" (Press release). BBC. 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  8. ^ Richard Morrison (2008-09-15). "Proms 75 & 76: Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall". The Times. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  9. ^ He also has two children, Ben (b. 1966) and Amy, by his first marriage. Nicholas Wroe (2007-07-21). "Speed it up". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-03-06. 

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Ronald Thomas
Principal Conductor, Bournemouth Sinfonietta
1985–1989
Succeeded by
Tamás Vásáry
Preceded by
no predecessor
Music Director, Orchestra of St. Luke's
1990–1994
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Mackerras
Preceded by
Sándor Végh
Principal Conductor, Camerata Salzburg
1997–2006
Succeeded by
Leonidas Kavakos
Preceded by
Gianluigi Gelmetti
Principal Conductor, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
1998–2011
Succeeded by
Stéphane Denève
Preceded by
Muhai Tang
Principal Conductor, Zurich Chamber Orchestra
2011–present
Succeeded by
incumbent