Margaret Faultless performs music from Monteverdi to the present day, but is best known as a specialist in historical performance practice. She is co-leader of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and has led the orchestra at Glyndebourne, the Salzburg Festival and in many performances at the South Bank, with conductors such as Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Jurowski, Ivan Fischer and Semyon Bychkov. She also plays a significant role in the OAE education programme for young professionals.
With a reputation as a leader and director of both period instrument and modern orchestras, she has appeared all over the world, performing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society (Boston) and the Russian National Orchestra. For 12 years, Margaret was concertmaster and soloist with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. She is the Artistic Director of the ensemble Music for Awhile and for ten years was a member of The London Haydn Quartet, whose CD of Haydn quartets Opus 9 has been hailed as “one of the great Haydn quartet recordings.” The Opus 17 discs were released in 2009. She also appears as a duo with pianist Adrian Partington, focusing on the sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms.
Margaret researches and lectures on performance practice; her interests include leadership and social interactions in ensembles without a conductor, and Bach's information for performers. She is Director of Performance at the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge, an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire, and Head of Historical Performance at The Royal Academy of Music in London where she has been awarded Honorary Membership of the Academy and made a Professor of the University of London. She has been a regular director of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (for whom she is Director of Studies) and is thrilled that AMUZ and EUBO are collaborating on GOfBaroque in 2018.