Jeannette Sorrell

Founder and Director of Apollo's Fire

“A resplendent performance... The production belonged entirely to Ms. Sorrell, who devised the concept, which she called ‘a dramatic presentation’.... exquisite moments. The magnificent chorus [sang] to breathtaking effect...”
New York Times on (Bach’s St John Passion at Trinity Wall Street), James Oestreich, March 2016

"Baroque orchestra conquers Tanglewood… The dramatic cadenza [of Brandenburg Concerto no. 5] of astonishing virtuosity... was indeed hair-raising and brilliantly played [by Sorrell]. The encore truly brought the house down."
Boston Musical Intelligencer, Steven Ledbetter, July 2015 (Tanglewood debut)

“Superlative music-making… Sorrell put together an ingenious programme which showed off the ensemble’s range of colour, mood and style… combining European stylishness with “can-do” American entrepreneurism. Sorrell arranged [Vivaldi’s triosonata “La Folia”] for the full band, and the results were thrilling.”
The Telegraph UK, Ivan Hewett, May 2014 (Listed as "5 Best Musical Moments of 2014")

“Sorrell is an outstanding Mozartian… Her Mozart achieves a near-perfect combination of real dramatic cogency and the ability to sing…. The dark, dramatic fervor of Sorrell’s performance [of the Don Giovanni Overture] receives really first-rate playing by Apollo’s Fire.”
Fanfare Magazine on Mozart's Haffner & Jupiter Symphonies

“Other masters of the [baroque] style have been paying visits, but none has summoned up as much energy, enthusiasm and excitement from the orchestra as Sorrell.”
Twin Cities Pioneer Press (debut with St Paul Chamber Orchestra), April 7, 2017


Jeannette Sorrell is recognized internationally as a leading creative voice among early-music conductors.

Recent and upcoming conducting engagements include Handel’s Messiah in her Kennedy Center debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in December 2017, as well as returns to the New World and Utah symphonies and debuts with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and at the Grand Teton Festival. She has previously guest conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Opera Theatre of St. Louis with the St. Louis Symphony, Handel & Haydn Society . . .

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