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Martin Pearlman


About this Artist

Hailed for his “fresh, buoyant interpretations” and his “vivid realizations teeming with life,” Martin Pearlman has been acclaimed for 40 years in the orchestral, choral, and operatic repertoire from Monteverdi to Beethoven.

Founder, music director, and conductor of the orchestra and chorus of the three-time Grammy-nominated Boston Baroque, now widely regarded as being “Some of the finest American interpreters of music of this era,” according to Fanfare Magazine, Pearlman leads Boston Baroque in an annual subscription concert series in Greater Boston, tours in the United States and Europe, and has produced 22 major recordings for Telarc Records. In 2012, the orchestra became the first American orchestra to record with the U.K. audiophile label, Linn Records and their release of Haydn’s The Creation received great critical acclaim. Boston Baroque recordings are heard by millions in 30 countries worldwide.

Pearlman is also the only conductor from the period-instrument field to have performed live on the internationally televised Grammy Awards show. In addition, since 2002, he has been a Professor of Music at the Boston University School of Music, where he directs Baroque ensembles and teaches in the Historical Performance Department.

Highlights of his work include the complete Monteverdi opera cycle, with his own new performing editions of L’incoronazione di Poppea and Il ritorno d’Ulisse, the American premiere of Rameau’s Zoroastre, the Boston premiere of Rameau’s Pigmalion, the New England premieres of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride and Alceste, and an exploration of the Beethoven symphonies on period instruments called “revelatory” by The Boston Globe.