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Richard Egarr

Conductor, Harpsichord
Principal Guest Conductor, Residentie Orkest
Artistic Partner, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Music Director, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale
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.  He is also Principal Guest of the Residentie Orkest 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 his 22/23 Philharmonia Baroque season he focuses on opera and oratorio - particularly Handel - conducting Amadigi di Gaulla (directed by Louisa Muller), Acis and Galatea (semi-staged), and Theodora (concertante), also taking Israel in Egypt (concertante) to the Scottish Chamber. Other plans include Vaughan Williams 5 with Residentie Orkest, Haydn’s Creation at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival with the NDR Rundfunkorchester, and guest weeks with the Frankfurt Radio and Seattle symphonies.

    As half of Duo Pleyel, Egarr plays four-hands repertoire with his wife Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya; Linn release their album of Mozart and JC Bach in Autumn 2022, following the success of their Schubert and Dussek discs.  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. 

    Egarr’s long list of recordings with the Academy of Ancient Music includes several award-winning Handel discs (2007 Gramophone Award, 2009 MIDEM and Edison awards) and both JS Bach’s Passions. His world premiere recording on AAM Records of Dussek’s Messe Solemnelle won the Gramophone Best Choral Recording 2021.  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 conducted cycles of Monteverdi and Purcell at the Barbican and Mozart operas at the Barbican and the Grange Festival.

    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 has been Visiting Professor at the Juilliard School for over 10 years.

    Richard Egarr is represented by Intermusica.
    2022/23 season / 448 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

"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


" … 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

"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"
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Director, Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9920

Molly Goldstone
Associate Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9929

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