Director of Performance
Director of Studies, Girton College (Michaelmas Term 2015 and Lent Term 2016)
11 West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DP
Margaret Faultless is an internationally renowned specialist in historical performance practice, both as a violinist and a director. Performing music from Monteverdi to the present day, she is now best known as an interpreter of eighteenth-century repertoire.
Early in her career she specialised in contemporary music, and was first violin the ensemble Aquarius for several years, alongside being co-leader of the West End musical Chess, assistant leader of the Scottish Ballet Orchestra and freelancing with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin's in the Fields. However, a continuing interest in the repertoire of the eighteenth-century and performance practice led her towards exploring the possibilities of performance on historical instruments. Soon she was a principal player in Roger Norrington's London Classical Players, Andrew Parrot's Taverner Consort, and The Academy of Ancient Music with Christopher Hogwood. She was also a member of the Gainsborough String Quartet.
Since 1989 Margaret has been a co-leader of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, frequently directs the orchestra and plays a significant role in their education programme for young professionals. For over twelve years Margaret led the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman, notably participating in a ten-year project that saw the performance and recording of all of J.S. Bach’s Cantatas. She is a regular director of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (for whom she is Director of Studies), Philharmonie Merck, The National Orchestra of Portugal and the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra. Margaret has also appeared as a guest leader with the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 2008 coached and led the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow with Vladimir Jurowski. She is the Artistic director of the ensemble Music for Awhile and was the founder and director of Devon Baroque for twelve years. A passionate chamber musician, she was a member of the London Haydn Quartet for ten years and regularly performs in a duo with pianist Adrian Partington, focusing on the sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms.
Margaret is in demand as a lecturer on performance practice and her own particular interests are leadership in eighteenth-century repertoire and the relationship between notation and performer. A graduate of Clare College she is an Artistic Director of the Cambridge University Collegium Musicum, Director of Performance Studies at the Faculty of Music, a Bye-Fellow of Girton College, and Musician in Residence at St John's College. She is an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire and Head of the Historical Performance department at The Royal Academy of Music.