Richard Egarr

Richard Egarr

Conductor • Keyboards


Praised as ‘the Bernstein of Early Music’ by National Public Radio (USA), Richard Egarr is the music director of the Academy of Ancient Music since 2006. Commencing his career as an harpsichordist in 1990 Egarr’s career quickly flourished into a triumphant career as a renowned musical conductor. He’s a guest conductor with orchestras ranging from Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society to the London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw and Philadelphia orchestras. He has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague since September 2013, conducting a Beethoven symphony cycle and staged Handel oratorios over several seasons. In 2011 he was appointed Associate Artist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in recognition of his growing relationship with the ensemble.

Egarr's repertoire includes Bach and Handel's Suites, as featured on his two latest releases for Harmonia Mundi. These are notable additions to an impressive repertoire, which includes the Goldberg Variations and Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Mozart fantasias and rondos, and the complete harpsichord works of Louis Couperin, besides many award-winning duo recordings with Andrew Manze. His growing list of recordings with the Academy of Ancient Music includes seven Handel discs, for which they've received a Gramophone Award and Edison awards, and most recently JS Bach's Orchestral Suites, released on the AAM's own label.

All images courtesy of intermusica.