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Richard Egarr

Conductor, Harpsichord
Music Director, Academy of Ancient Music
Principal Guest Conductor, Residentie Orkest (from 2019/20)
Artistic Partner, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (from 2019/20)
Music Director Designate, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale (from 20/21)

  • 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 (AAM) since 2006, in September 2019 he adds two new responsibilities as Principal Guest Conductor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague and Artistic Partner of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota. He becomes Music Director Designate of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale in 2020/21 and assumes the Music Directorship in 2021/22. 

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  • Associate Artist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra 2011–2017, Egarr conducted many symphony orchestras such as London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw and Philadelphia Orchestra, and guested with leading baroque ensembles such as Philharmonia Baroque and the Handel & Haydn Society. He regularly gives solo harpsichord recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall.

    In 2019/20 Egarr conducts Elgar, Mendelssohn and Beethoven in The Hague; Schumann’s 2nd Symphony in Tokyo’s Kioi Hall; Rossini and Mozart with the Luxembourg Philharmonic; Berlioz with the Orquesta da Galicia; and Schubert in St Paul. Not neglecting the baroque repertoire, he leads the City of Birmingham Symphony through their first Handel Messiah in many years, conducts Bach St. Matthew Passion in Antwerp, debuts in St Louis with a Handel/Bach programme, and joins the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale for an all-Bach programme in his first concerts since being announced future Music Director. Plans with the AAM this season include the first performance for over 100 years of the Mass by Beethoven’s Czech contemporary, Jan Ladislav Dussek.

    Early in his tenure with AAM, Egarr established the Choir of the AAM; operas and particularly Handel’s oratorios lie at the heart of his repertoire. He made his Glyndebourne debut in 2007 conducting a staged version of St Matthew Passion. With AAM at the Barbican he has conducted Monteverdi and Purcell cycles, Mozart's La finta giardiniera and (in 2019) Le nozze di Figaro – the latter also at the The Grange Festival. He has conducted productions of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, La clemenza di Tito and Rossini’s Il signor Bruschino with the Netherlands Opera Academy; he taught for several years at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and is currently Visiting Professor at the Juilliard School.

    Egarr's extensive discography on Harmonia Mundi includes solo keyboard works by Bach, Handel, Mozart and Couperin, and latterly discs for Linn Records of Byrd and Sweelinck, which is due for imminent release. His long list of recordings with the Academy of Ancient Music includes seven Handel discs (2007 Gramophone Award, 2009 MIDEM and Edison awards), and Bach St. John and St. Matthew Passions on the AAM's own label. He features as director on the recording of Handel Brockes-Passion, released this autumn in a new edition of the music for which he was an integral contributor.

    Egarr trained as a choirboy at York Minster, and then 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

    Richard Egarr is represented by Intermusica.
    2019/20 season / 518 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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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)

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



Symphonies (including 9)

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

Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni Op.8 – with Giuliano Carmignola
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
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
Mozart: Symphony No.41

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

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

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

Purcell: Fairy-Queen: Suite
Haydn: Keyboard Concerto No.11 in D major, Hob.XVIII:11
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
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
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)

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


Mozart Requiem, Missa Longa in C K262

As of November 2014

"An outstanding celebration of Byrd as one of the first keyboard greats"

Editor's Choice, Gramophone, August 2018

"Subversive brilliance… impressive crispness and precision."

The Scotsman, April 2018

"The Academy of Ancient Music, guided from the harpsichord by its Music Director Richard Egarr, heightened every moment of drama and evoked a sense of magic."

Financial Times, October 2017

Intermusica represents Richard Egarr worldwide

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Director, Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9920

Kimberley Bourlet
Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9943

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