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


GRAMMY®-winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell is recognized internationally as one of today’s most compelling interpreters of Baroque and Classical repertoire, and is credited by the U.K.’s BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE for “forging a vibrant, life-affirming approach to early music.”

Sorrell is the founder and artistic director of APOLLO’S FIRE, and has led the renowned period ensemble as conductor and harpsichord soloist in sold-out concerts at London’s BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall, Madrid’s Royal Theatre (Teatro Real), London’s Wigmore Hall, the Grand Théâtre de l’Opéra in Bordeaux, the Aldeburgh . . .

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