“WHEN I HEARD THAT ENGLAND’S ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC HAD HIRED KEYBOARDIST AND CONDUCTOR RICHARD EGARR, I WAS ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED… I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR A CONDUCTOR LIKE EGARR TO COME ALONG FOR SOME TIME… HE’S ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING AND DELIGHTFUL MUSICIANS OF OUR TIME.”
–National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”, March 2008
Richard Egarr, acclaimed Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, is one of the most versatile musicians performing today. He has worked with all types of keyboards and performed repertoire ranging from fifteenth-century organ intabulations through Dussek and Chopin on early piano to Berg and Maxwell Davies on modern piano. He is in great demand as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor.
Egarr enjoyed his musical training as a choirboy at York Minster, at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and as organ scholar at Clare College, Cambridge. His study with Gustav Leonhardt further inspired his work in the field of historical performance.
As a conductor, Egarr has directed a wide range of repertoire, from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion to John Taverner’s Ikon of Light. Richard has directed many oratorios and operas, including Handel’s Esther, Acis & Galatea, Alcina and L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato and Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Dido & Aeneas, Telemann’s St Matthew Passion and Mozart’s Don Giovanni and JS Bach’s Mass in B minor and St Matthew Passion. In addition to his busy performing schedule with the Academy of Ancient Music, he worked last season with Tafelmusik Toronto, Portland Baroque, the Flemish Radio Orchestra, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. This season Egarr collaborates with the Residentie Orchestra, The Hague, the Brabant Orchestra, the Flemish Radio Orchestra and Choir, Collegium Vocale Ghent and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
Richard Egarr has given many solo performances throughout Europe and Japan. As orchestral soloist he has appeared with AAM, the English Concert, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble.
In chamber music, Richard forms an ‘unequalled duo for violin and keyboard’ (Gramophone Magazine) with violinist Andrew Manze, performing music from the Stylus Phantasticus to Mozart and Schubert. They have toured extensively throughout Europe, North America and the Far East.
Richard Egarr records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi USA. His solo output comprises works by Frescobaldi, Gibbons, Couperin, Purcell, Froberger, Mozart and J.S. Bach. He has an impressive list of award winning recordings with violinist Andrew Manze, including sonatas by Bach, Biber, Rebel, Pandolfi, Corelli, Handel, Mozart and Schubert. With the Academy of Ancient Music he has recorded the complete Bach harpsichord concertos and an entire set of Handel discs including the Concerti Grossi Op.3, the Organ Concertos Op.4 and 7 and his Sonatas Op.1 and 5.