Robert Hollingworth

carefully crafted into exquisite tenderness by Hollingworth's distinctive and expressive conducting style. [VOCES8, AAM]

Bach Track

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

The Telegraph

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) for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and Betrayal: a polyphonic crime drama, and Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible with Professor Martin Kemp for da Vinci 2019. 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

Away from I Fagiolini, Robert has directed the English Concert, Academy of Ancient Music, Irish Baroque Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra as well as some of the world’s finest chamber choirs including: Accentus, NDR Chor, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, BBC Singers, Nederlands Kamerkoor, VOCES8 and RIAS Kammerchor. In 2019/2020 he conducts further projects with RIAS Kammerchor, Capella Cracoviensis, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britian. 

Robert has been appointed Artistic Director for the legendary Stour Music festival from 2020 succeeding Mark Deller. He also regularly writes and presents programmes for BBC Radio 3. He is Reader in Music at the University of York where he directs University Chamber Choir ‘The 24’ and runs an MA in Solo-Voice Ensemble Singing.

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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