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Margaret Faultless

Margaret Faultless
Margaret Faultless performs music from Monteverdi to the present day, but is best-known as a performer of eighteenth-century repertoire and historical performance practice. 

With a reputation as a distinguished leader and director of both period instrument and modern orchestras, Margaret is also instrumental in fostering the talents of the next generation of musicians in her capacities as Head of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, Director of Performance at the University of Cambridge and Director of Studies for the European Union Baroque Orchestra. 

For over twenty years she has been a co-leader of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directing the orchestra on a regular basis, including their CD of Mozart horn concerti with soloist Roger Montgomery. She also plays a significant role in their education programme for young professionals.  For twelve years, Margaret led the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, notably as concert-master and soloist in their ten-year project to perform and record J.S Bach's Cantatas. As Artistic director of Music for Awhile she shapes the artistic programme of the ensemble including its annual Summer Festival.  A passionate chamber musician, she was a member of the London Haydn Quartet for ten years, and played in a duo focusing on the sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms, investigating nineteenth-century performance traditions. 

Margaret also lectures on performance practice, her special interests being leadership and social interactions in ensembles before the age of silent conducting. She is an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire and has recently been awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music.