Richard Egarr to Step in for Bernard Labadie, Conducting Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec on Sunday, April 12
About the Artist
Richard Egarr, who also conducts Academy of Ancient Music in Zankel Hall on November 7 and performs a solo harpsichord recital in Weill Recital Hall on February 9, 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, Mr. Egarr 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. Mr. Egarr is also in demand across Europe, Japan, and the US for his solo and concerto performances, and for many years he has had a close partnership with violinist Andrew Manze.
Mr. Egarr 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 the 2009 Handel year, they completed a seven-CD series of recordings 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. Mr. 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.
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