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

The daughter of a European immigrant father and American mother, she grew up as a musician
and dancer. She studied conducting under Leonard Bernstein, Robert Spano, and Roger
Norrington at the Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals. As a harpsichordist, she studied with
Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam and won First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the
Spivey International Harpsichord Competition, competing against over 70 harpsichordists from
Europe, Israel, the U.S., and the Soviet Union.

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 from Carnegie Hall and
London’s BBC Proms to the Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals. At home in Cleveland, she and
Apollo’s Fire have built one of the largest audiences of any baroque orchestra in North America.

In demand with symphony orchestras and period groups alike, Sorrell makes debuts this season
with the New York Philharmonic (Handel’s Messiah) and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
(Bach’s St John Passion). She has repeatedly conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony, St Paul
Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and New World Symphony, and also led the National
Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony,
Opera St Louis with the St Louis Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco,
the Florida Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic (Canada), and the Royal Northern Sinfonia (UK),
among others.


With over 7 million views of their YouTube videos, Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire have released 26
commercial CDs, of which 8 have been bestsellers on Billboard Classical. Sorrell won a
GRAMMY® in 2019 for her album “Songs of Orpheus” with Apollo’s Fire and tenor Karim
Sulayman. Her recordings include the complete Brandenburg Concerti and harpsichord concerti
of Bach (Billboard Classical Top 10 in 2012). She has also released four discs of Mozart. Other
recordings include Bach’s St John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, the Monteverdi Vespers (Billboard
Classical Top 10) and five creative crossover projects, including Sephardic Journey – Wanderings
of the Spanish Jews (Billboard World Music #2, Classical #7) and Christmas on Sugarloaf
Mountain (Billboard Classical #3, and named “Festive Disc of the Year” by GRAMOPHONE).
Sorrell is the subject of the 2019 documentary by Academy award-winning director Allan Miller,
titled PLAYING WITH FIRE. She has also been featured on Living the Classical Life. She has
attracted national awards for her creative programming and her “storytelling” approach to early
music, which has attracted many new listeners through the use of contextual and dramatic


She holds an honorary doctorate from Case Western University, two special awards from the
National Endowment for the Arts for her work on early American music, and an award from the
American Musicological Society. Passionate about guiding the next generation of performers,
Sorrell is the architect of Apollo’s Fire’s Young Artist Apprentice program, which has produced
many of the nation’s leading young professional baroque players; and the new Artistic
Leadership Fellows program