Richard Egarr brings a joyful sense of
adventure and a keen, inquiring mind to all his music making. He is renowned for directing
from the keyboard, conducting, playing concertos (on the organ, harpsichord, fortepiano, or
modern piano), playing chamber music, and giving recitals at the world's leading
Since 2006, Mr. Egarr has been music director of the Academy of Ancient Music, with whom
current plans include a three-year Monteverdi opera cycle at the Barbican in London, where
the orchestra is associate ensemble. In 2006, Mr. Egarr established the Choir of the AAM,
and opera and oratorio lie at the heart of his repertoire.
Mr. Egarr regularly appears as guest conductor with other leading ensembles, ranging from
Boston's Handel and Haydn Society to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and The Philadelphia
Orchestra. He is currently principal guest conductor of the Residentie Orchestra in The
Hague and associate artist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He holds teaching positions
at The Juilliard School and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
During the 2014-2015 season, Mr. Egarr's plans in North America include an eight-concert
tour with the Academy of Ancient Music, with appearances at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los
Angeles, his debut with the Seattle Symphony, a return to the Handel and Haydn Society, and
a performance with Les Violons du Roy at Carnegie Hall in April.
Mr. Egarr's extensive recording output, mainly for Harmonia Mundi, includes solo works by
Gibbons, Couperin, Purcell, Mozart, and J. S. Bach; inspired collaborations with violinist
Andrew Manze; and numerous discs with the AAM, including Bach's harpsichord concertos,
"Brandenburg" concertos, and a MIDEM, Edison, and Gramophone award-winning series
of Handel discs. His latest releases are of Bach's St. John Passion and orchestral
suites with AAM on its own label, AAM Records, as well as Handel's harpsichord suites for
Mr. Egarr trained as a choirboy at York Minster and Chetham's School of Music, as an organ
scholar at Clare College in Cambridge, and with Gustav and Marie Leonhardt, who formed the
inspiration for his work in historical performance.