- George Pratt
(b Canterbury, Dec 16, 1946). English harpsichordist and conductor. He received his musical education as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral and keyboard player at the RCM in London. His professional début was as a solo harpsichordist, and he has sustained this aspect of his performing career, with many admired recordings of music from the Baroque and Classical periods, including Scarlatti sonatas, Handel’s harpsichord suites, and Bach's partitas and Goldberg Variations. Among his recorded performances as a concerto soloist are Poulenc's Concert champêtre with the Boston SO, and Bach and Haydn keyboard concertos with the English Concert, the chamber orchestra which he founded in 1973. He directs it from the keyboard with a characteristic energy and enthusiasm which are readily communicated to audiences. Here, as in his solo career, he has remained almost exclusively within his chosen field of the Italian and German Baroque and some later 18th-century repertory. After their début appearance at the English Bach Festival in ...