John Butt

John Butt is Gardiner Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow, Musical Director of the Dunedin Consort and a Principal Artist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. His career as both musician and scholar gravitates towards music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as well as the implications of the past in our present culture. Author of five monographs, centering around Bach, the Baroque and the concepts of historical performance practice, his recent work focusses on music and modernity, listening cultures and embodied musical experience, frictions between Classical Music ideology and religious practice, and music and film.  

His discography includes eleven recordings on organ and harpsichord for Harmonia Mundi (which began during his time as University Organist and Professor of Music at UC Berkeley), and sixteen recent recordings for Linn Records. Highlights with the Dunedin Consort include the Gramophone award-winning recordings of Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem (nominated for a Grammy award), together with significant recordings of Bach’s passions, masses, Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio and Brandenburg Concertos, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, and Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Esther and Ode to St Cecilia. A new recording of Handel’s Samson appeared late in 2019, which was an Editor’s Choice and Critic’s Choice in Gramophone and disc of the month in BBC Music Magazine.

With the Dunedin Consort he has appeared at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh Festival. As guest conductor he has worked with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, The English Concert, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Irish Baroque Orchestra.

Since receiving the WH Scheide prize for his first book in the USA, he has received several awards in Britain, having been appointed an FBA and FRSE, and has also been awarded the Dent Medal of the RMA, together with the RAM/Kohn Foundation’s Bach Prize. In 2013 he was awarded the medal of the RCO, together with an OBE.