Richard Egarr is one of the most versatile musicians around. He has worked with all types of keyboards, performing repertoire ranging from 15th century organ music to Berg and Maxwell Davies on modern piano. He is in great demand as a soloist and chamber musician, as well as a conductor.
Richard Egarr enjoyed his musical training as a choirboy at York Minster, at Chethamís 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.
As a conductor, Richard Egarr has presented a wide range of repertoire, from Bachís St. Matthew Passion to John Tavernerís Ikon of Light. He directs specialised ensembles and modern orchestras alike. He is Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, succeeding its founder Christopher Hogwood in 2006. Richard has directed many oratorios and operas, notably Messiah, Esther, Acis & Galatea, Alcina, LíAllegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Athalia and Alexanderís Feast by Handel; Haydnís The Creation, Purcellís Fairy Queen and Dido & Aeneas, Telemannís St Matthew Passion and Mozartís Don Giovanni, Bachís B minor Mass and the St. Matthew Passion (with the Dutch Bach Society, and in a staged version at Glyndebourne). He has conducted Ďmoderní orchestras such as Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. This season Richard conducts the AAM on several tours across Europe, N-America and the Far East; the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague (in Bachís St. Matthew Passion), the Brabant Orchestra and the Flemish Radio Orchestra and Choir (in Haydnís Die SchŲpfung).
Richard has given many solo performances throughout Europe, Japan and the USA (with Bachís Well-Tempered Clavier and Goldberg Variations). He has appeared as orchestral soloist with the English Concert, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. Richard has earned a great reputation as a chamber musician, also thanks to longstanding relationship with violinist Andrew Manze.
Richard 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 Book I). He has an impressive list of award winning recordings with violinist Andrew Manze, including Sonatas from Bach, Biber, Rebel, Pandolfi, Corelli, Handel, Mozart and Schubert. With the Academy of Ancient Music he has recorded the complete Bach harpsichord concertos and an entire set of Handel discs including the Concerti grossi Op. 3 (Gramopone Award 2007), the Organ Concertos Op. 4 (MIDEM Award 2009) and 7 and his Sonatas Op. 1 and 5. March 2009 sees the release of the Brandenburg Concertos from J.S. Bach.
06 November 2009