John Crockatt

Principal Viola

One of the most in-demand musicians in London’s thriving early-music scene John Crockatt plays violin and viola with many of the world’s foremost period groups.

He holds the position of principal viola with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Arcangelo and is frequently invited to guest principal on both violin and viola for such groups as Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Academy of Ancient Music. This year saw John joining Concerto Copenhagen as soloist for their China tour of the Brandenburg concertos. He has performed as recorded with the English Baroque Soloists, the Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique, the Gabrieli Players and the Early Opera Company.

As a chamber-musician he has performed widely on both violin and viola as a member of various baroque and classical ensembles and from early 2016 has been a member of the London Haydn Quartet, one of the world’s leading period chamber ensembles. The 2019/20 season sees the quartet on tour in the United States and Canada as well as the completion of their ongoing, highly acclaimed project to record the complete string quartets of Joseph Haydn for the Hyperion label.