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John Eliot Gardiner
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Conductor
    (April 20, 1943- )
    Artistic director of the Monteverdi Orchestra and the English Baroque Soloists
    Specializes in pre-19th-century music
    Recorded Bach’s complete cantatas, ‘Mass in B minor,’ ‘St. Matthew Passion,’ ‘Christmas Oratorio,’ ‘Magnificat,’ Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and ‘Solomon,’ Haydn’s ‘Creation,’ Monteverdi’s ‘L’Orfeo,’ Mozart’s ‘Great Mass in C minor’ and the nine Beethoven symphonies
    Knighted (1998)
    He looks nerdy.
    He has a gigantic forehead.
    Some find his musical approach dry and inexpressive.
    His attempts at conducting post-18th-century music have not been too successful.
    His record label dumped him for not being commercial enough.
    His childhood nickname was ‘Jiggy.’
    He now reportedly gets pissed when anybody calls him ‘Jiggy.’
    His recordings are tasteful (maybe to a fault).
    He does a lot of research to recreate the musical practices of various eras.
    He was one of the first conductors to use original 18th-century instruments.
    He was a leader of the early music revival in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
    He recorded all 198 of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas.
    He is involved in environmental causes in his native Dorsetshire.
    He runs an organic sheep and cattle farm in his spare time.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


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