conductor and keyboard player
Richard Egarr brings a joyful sense of adventure and a keen, enquiring
mind to all his music-making, whether conducting, directing from the
keyboard or playing concertos (on organ, harpsichord, fortepiano or
modern piano), giving solo recitals or playing chamber music.
Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music since 2006 and a
regular guest director with such other ensembles as Handel and Haydn
Society and Tafelmusik, he is increasingly sought-after by non-period
orchestras ranging from the Scottish, Swedish and Australian chamber
orchestras to the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Berlin Konzerthausorchester,
and Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He conducts a broad range of repertoire
from Monteverdi to Mendelssohn. The Handel and Bach oratorios lie at the
heart of his repertoire, and he has a growing reputation in the
operatic field – current plans include Mozart’s La finta giardiniera with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican Centre and the
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and Rossini with the Netherlands Opera
Academy. He made his Glyndebourne debut in 2007 conducting a staged St Matthew Passion.
Richard Egarr is in demand across Europe, Japan and the USA for his
scintillating solo and concerto performances, and for many years had a
close partnership with violinist Andrew Manze.
He records exclusively for harmonia mundi USA. His solo output
comprises works by Frescobaldi, Gibbons, Couperin, Purcell, Froberger,
Mozart, and J. S. Bach (Goldberg Variations and Well-Tempered Clavier).
He has an impressive list of award-winning recordings with Andrew
Manze, including sonatas by Bach, Biber, Rebel, Pandolfi, Corelli,
Handel, Mozart, and Schubert. With the Academy of Ancient Music he has
recorded J. S. Bach’s harpsichord concertos and Brandenburg Concertos.
In Handel year 2009 they completed a seven-CD series of Handel discs
including the instrumental music opp.1, 2 and 5, the Concerti grossi
op.3 (which won a Gramophone Award in 2007) and the Organ Concertos op.4
(MIDEM Award and Edison Award 2009) and op.7.
Richard Egarr trained as a choirboy at York Minster, at Chetham’s School
of Music in Manchester, and as organ scholar at Clare College
Cambridge. His studies with Gustav and Marie Leonhardt further inspired
his work in the field of historical performance.