Robert Hollingworth

Robert Hollingworth directed a performance of such vitality, resonance and immediacy that it scarcely seemed to matter who the music was by...

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an impressive tapestry of sound, full of breathtaking beauty and smooth tone colours... [NDR Choir]

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Robert Hollingworth


Robert Hollingworth is passionate about Renaissance and 20th/21st century music and renowned for creating ground-breaking projects which present music to audiences in innovative ways.  

He founded I Fagiolini in 1986; with them he has presented signature projects including Simunye, The Full Monteverdi, Tallis in Wonderland, How Like An Angel (with Australian contemporary circus group C!RCA), and Betrayal: a polyphonic crime drama. Under Hollingworth’s expert direction, I Fagiolini has gone on to win the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Ensemble Award, Gramophone Awards and the Diapason D'Or de l'Annee. In 2017 the group returned to the BBC Proms and gave their debut at the Edinburgh International Festival. Recent releases on DECCA Classics include the multi-award winning Striggio Mass in 40 Parts, Amuse-Bouche and most recently Monteverdi: The Other Vespers

Hollingworth has directed the English Concert, Academy of Ancient Music and the BBC Concert Orchestra; and some of the world’s finest chamber choirs including: Accentus, NDR Chor, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland and BBC Singers. In 2018 he works with RIAS Kammerchor, Capella Cracoviensis in Poland and VOCES8.

He has also worked on a number of films and regularly writes and presents programmes for BBC Radio 3. He is Reader in Music at the University of York and directs University Chamber Choir ‘The 24’.

This biography is for information only, and should not be re-printed. Please use the link below to download the version for concert programmes.

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