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Richard Egarr

Conductor, Harpsichord
Principal Guest Conductor, Residentie Orkest (from 2019/20)
Artistic Partner, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (from 2019/20)
Music Director, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale (from 20/21) Visiting Professor, Juilliard School of Music

  • 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.

    Egarr joined the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale as Music Director in August 2020, having been Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music for 15 years (up to 2021), succeeding their founding director Christopher Hogwood.  He is also Principal Guest of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague and Artistic Partner of the St Paul Chamber and was Associate Artist with the Scottish Chamber 2011-2017. 

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  • Egarr straddles the worlds of historically-informed and modern symphonic performance, and has conducted many leading symphony orchestras, notably the London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw and Philadelphia orchestras.  In 2021/22 he guests with the Finnish Radio, Frankfurt Radio, NDR Rundfunkorchester, City of Birmingham Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica da Galicia, Swedish Chamber and Antwerp Symphony orchestras in repertoire from JS Bach Brandenburg suites to Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and continuing his Beethoven symphony cycle with the Residentie Orkest.  Plans with the Philharmonia Baroque this season include Schumann’s Requiem, a staged production of Handel’s Radamisto, also Bach’s B Minor Mass at Lincoln Center in a joint project with Juilliard. 

    Early in his tenure at the AAM Egarr established the Choir of the Academy of Ancient Music; operas and particularly Handel’s oratorios lie at the heart of his repertoire. He made his Glyndebourne debut in 2007, and with AAM has conducted cycles of Monteverdi and Purcell at the Barbican and Mozart operas at the Barbican and the Grange Festival.

    He regularly gives solo harpsichord recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall, and his 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.  As half of Duo Pleyel he plays and records four-hands repertoire with his wife Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya, releasing their first disc for Linn in 2020 (Schubert), to enthusiastic reviews.  His long list of recordings with the Academy of Ancient Music includes seven Handel discs (2007 Gramophone Award, 2009 MIDEM and Edison awards), and JS Bach's St. John and St. Matthew Passions. In 2019 AAM Records released a new edition under Richard’s supervision of Handel's rarely performed Brockes-Passion and in 2020 the world premiere recording of Dussek’s Messe Solemnelle, with which he won the Gramophone Best Choral Recording 2021.

    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. He taught for many years at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and for the past ten years has been Visiting Professor at the Juilliard School.

    Richard Egarr is represented by Intermusica.
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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

"Dussek himself could scarcely have hoped for a performance as fine as this one, with the Academy of Ancient Music on top form, and a well-drilled choir of 20 clearly in thrall to Egarr’s infectious enthusiasm for the work…It’s a fascinating work and an important project…enthusiastically recommended."
Gramophone Award 2021

Gramophone, November 2020

"Performed with compelling conviction by the AAM and a superb line-up of soloists...Outstanding…Egarr and his responsive forces barely put a foot wrong. The superb playing and singing of the AAM go beyond mere notions of good Handelian style, while all the soloists “live” their roles with operatic vividness"
Editor's Choice

Gramophone, November 2019

" … as plush a sound as I have ever heard from the group…Egarr conducts without a baton and punches accents with fervor, connecting with the players on a gut level. But Egarr is also an appreciator of structure, and his readings of these scores were highly revealing in their scrupulous attention to contrapuntal detail…the orchestra is back live and in great shape."

San Francisco Classical Voice, October 2021


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Director, Artist Management
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