Richard Egarr – Music Director

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Since 2006 Egarr has been Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, where his contract was recently renewed until 2017. In September 2012 the AAM became Associate Ensemble at the Barbican Centre, and in 2013 a three-year Monteverdi opera cycle began with a critically acclaimed performance of L’Orfeo. Opera and oratorio lie at the heart of Egarr’s repertoire, and early in his tenure he established the Choir of the AAM. Since then, he has conducted Mozart’s La finta giardiniera in concert at the Barbican and the Theatre des Champs-Elsées. He made his Glyndebourne debut in 2007 conducting a staged version of JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Egarr has long been passionate about inspiring the next generation of musicians, and he maintains regular relationships with the Amsterdam Conservatoire, the Britten-Pears Foundation and the Netherlands Opera Academy, where he has conducted Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Le nozze di Figaro, as well as Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino. He is a Visiting Artist at the Juilliard School in New York.

In 2013 Egarr was made Principal Guest Conductor of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague and has since conducted three projects there each season, with a brief to explore 18th and 19th century performance practice. He has a flourishing career as a guest conductor with orchestras ranging from Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society where he is an annual guest, to the London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw and Philadelphia Orchestras. In 2011 he was appointed Associate Artist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in recognition of his growing relationship with the ensemble.

Egarr continues to play recitals across the world; he returned to the Wigmore Hall in January 2014 for a solo harpsichord recital, and in January 2013 he played the Bach English Suites in London and Cambridge to coincide with his latest Harmonia Mundi release. Egarr’s extensive solo discography includes recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Well-Tempered Clavier, Mozart’s Fantasias and Rondos, and the complete keyboard works of Louis Couperin. His duo recordings with Andrew Manze have been particularly celebrated. His growing list of recordings with the Academy of Ancient Music includes seven discs of Handel (2007 Gramophone Award, 2009 MIDEM and Edison awards), the complete Brandenburg Concertos, and Birth of the symphony – Handel to Haydn, the first recording released on the AAM’s own label in September 2013.

Egarr trained as a choirboy at York Minster, at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, as organ scholar at Clare College, Cambridge and with Gustav and Marie Leonhardt, who formed the inspiration for his work in historical performance.

Watch Richard conducting the AAM

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