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Richard Egarr

Conductor, Harpsichord
Music Director, Academy of Ancient Music / Associate Artist, Scottish Chamber Orchestra

  • Richard Egarr brings a joyful sense of adventure and a keen, enquiring mind to all his music-making - whether conducting, directing from the keyboard, giving recitals, playing chamber-music, and indeed talking about music at every opportunity. Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music since 2006, Egarr is also Associate Artist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has a flourishing career as a guest conductor with orchestras such as London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw and Philadelphia Orchestra.

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  • This season Egarr makes his debut with Finnish Radio Symphony, St Paul Chamber, Utah Symphony and Melbourne Symphony, and returns to the Seattle Symphony, NDR Hanover, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and Tasmanian Symphony. He also returns to the Handel and Haydn Society Boston for two weeks.


    Early in his tenure with AAM Egarr established the Choir of the AAM, and operas/oratorios lie at the heart of his repertoire; current plans with the AAM include a Purcell opera cycle at the Barbican Centre where they are an Associate Ensemble. He made his Glyndebourne debut in 2007 conducting a staged version of St Matthew Passion. Egarr is a lasting inspiration to young musicians, maintaining regular relationships at the Amsterdam Conservatoire, Britten Pears Foundation, and the Netherlands Opera Academy (La clemenza di Tito, Le nozze di Figaro and Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino). He is a Visiting Artist at the Juilliard School in New York.


    Egarr continues to play solo recitals across the world, with concerts this season including Wigmore Hall, Bozar, and Carnegie Hall as part of a North American tour. His extensive discography on Harmonia Mundi includes solo keyboard works by JS Bach, Handel, Mozart and Louis Couperin, with JS Bach Partitas to be released in Autumn 2016. His long list of recordings with the Academy of Ancient Music includes seven Handel discs (2007 Gramophone Award, 2009 MIDEM and Edison awards), and most recently JS Bach's St John and Matthew Passions on the AAM's own label. In 2015 he conducted a sold out performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore at Edinburgh International Festival, recorded live and released on Linn Records in 2016 to enthusiastic reviews.


    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.

    2016-17 season/ 384 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Orchestral programmes

All works up to and including Mozart, Haydn – direct from harpsichord or modern piano depending on acoustic/ size of orchestra.

For Beethoven onwards no keyboard needed (unless playing a keyboard concerto)
 


J.S. Bach
Orchestral Suites: 1,2, interval,3,4


Brandenburg Concerti (complete)



Haydn
Symphonies (any) e.g. The Clock no.101, London no.104, Trauer no.44,….
 


Mozart
Symphonies
 


Schubert
Symphonies
 


Beethoven
Symphonies (including 9)
 


J.S. Bach: Suite No.1
J.S. Bach: Suite No.2
Interval
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4
 


Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni Op.8 – with Giuliano Carmignola
Interval
Purcell: The Fairy-Queen: Suite
Haydn: Symphony No.101 in D major 'The Clock'
 


Haydn: Symphony No.104 'London'
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major, Hob.VIIe:1
Interval
Beethoven: Symphony No.4
W.F.E. Bach: Symphony in G major
 


Schubert: Symphony No.2
Haydn: Keyboard Concerto No.11 in D major, Hob.XVIII:11
interval
Mozart: Symphony No.41
 


Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No.2
Interval
Beethoven: Creatures of Prometheus Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No.8
 


Schubert: Symphony No.6
Interval
Mozart: Piano Concerto K491
Beethoven: Symphony No.8
 


Weber: Symphony no.1 in C
Mozart: Horn concerto
Interval
Beethoven: Symphony No.8
 


Purcell: Fairy-Queen: Suite
Haydn: Keyboard Concerto No.11 in D major, Hob.XVIII:11
interval
Rebel: Les caractères de la dans
Haydn: Symphony No.101 'The Clock'
 


Purcell: Fairy-Queen: Suite
Lawes: Fantasy a 6 in C major
J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV.1041
Interval
Haydn: Keyboard Concerto No.11 in D major, Hob.XVIII:11
Haydn: Symphony No.44 Trauer
 


Van Bree: Allegro for Four String Quartets in D minor
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major, Hob.VIIe:1
Interval
Schubert: Symphony No.9
 


Mozart: Symphony No.33
Mozart: songs (with mezzo soloist)
Haydn: Berenice, che fai? (from Berenice) (with mezzo soloist)
Haydn: Arianna a Naxos
Haydn: Keyboard Concerto No.11 in D major, Hob.XVIII:11
Mozart: Al desio, di chi t'adora, K.577 (with mezzo soloist)
Mozart: Alma grande e nobil core, K.578 (with mezzo soloist)
 


With choir


Purcell programme
Fairy Queen (extracts), King Arthur (extracts); Dido and Aeneas (complete)
 


Handel
Israel in Egypt, Messiah, Semele, Theodora


Zadok the Priest
Water Music Suite No.2
My Heart is Inditing
Let thy hand be strengthened
Royal Fireworks Music
'The King shall rejoice' [Coronation Anthem No.3]
Messiah: 'Amen'
 


J.S. Bach
B minor Mass
Christmas Oratorio
St Matthew Passion
St John Passion
 


Haydn
Creation


Mozart Requiem, Missa Longa in C K262


As of November 2014

… I have never heard it sound so fresh, vital, humorous, and unconstrained by convention..Plenty of musicians talk about reinvigorating familiar works; this performance — the product of a marvelously precise orchestra and a conductor willing to make creative use of it — was the rare outing that achieved it.

Boston Globe

A Grand Master of the Baroque keyboard 

Fono Forum

Egarr's characteristically vigorous direction brought the spheres into harmony… there was plenty of thump and oomph in the large moments, but it was consistently matched with delicate vocal and instrumental shading and detail elsewhere.

Guardian

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