For fifty years Roger Norrington has been at the forefront of the movement for historically informed musical performance. He has sought to put modern musicians in touch with the style of the music they play. Sir Roger sang and played the violin from a young age, and began to conduct at Cambridge. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London under Sir Adrian Boult. His Heinrich Schütz Choir made many recordings, and his London Classical Players achieved worldwide fame with their dramatic CDs of the 9 Beethoven Symphonies, and many other works.
As early as 1966 Norrington was made Music Director of Kent Opera. He conducted many hundreds of performances for the company and went on to work at Covent Garden and the English National Opera, for La Scala and La Fenice, and at the Vienna Staatsoper.
Norrington is a frequent guest with many of the world’s major orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic and, Vienna Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Philadelphia and London Philharmonic Orchestras. He has had memorable tenures as Chief Conductor with the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra (13 years), the Salzburg Camerata (10 years), and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra (5 years).
Other permanent posts with orchestras have included Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Music Director of the Orchestra of St Lukes in New York. He is currently Conductor Emeritus in Stuttgart, Salzburg, Zurich, and at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has made over 150 recordings.