Nicholas McGegan

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Nicholas McGegan OBE (born 14 January 1950 in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England) is a British harpsichordist, flautist, conductor and early music expert.

McGegan received his early education at Nottingham High School. He subsequently studied music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and at Magdalen College, Oxford. McGegan has participated in some of the earliest authentic-performance recordings during the 1970s as a baroque flautist, including Christopher Hogwood's seminal recordings of Mozart symphonies. He has taught music at such UK institutions as King's College, Cambridge, Oriel College, Oxford, and the Royal College of Music. In the USA, McGegan has served as artist-in-residence at Washington University in St. Louis.

In 1985, McGegan became music director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco. In 1988, he was the Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival alongside Peter Maxwell Davies and Diane Wittry. From 1991 to 2011, McGegan was artistic director of the Göttingen International Handel Festival. He has also held long-term appointments with the Drottningholm Theatre, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. McGegan founded the chamber music group, The Arcadian Academy. He was music director of the Irish Chamber Orchestra from 2002 to 2005.

McGegan has made more than 100 recordings, including many with Philharmonia Baroque and singers such as Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Lisa Saffer, for such labels as Philharmonia Baroque Productions and harmonia mundi usa. He has collected a number of honors, including an honorary degree from the Royal College of Music in London, the Handel Music Prize from the Handel Festival in Halle, Germany, and the honorary medal of the Friends of the Drottningholm Theatre.

McGegan resides in Berkeley and Glasgow. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Concerti Grossi Op. 6, Nos. 1-6 Corelli; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan 2
1992 Arias for Durastanti Handel; Lorraine Hunt, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan 1
1997 Vivaldi for Diverse Instruments Antonio Vivaldi; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan 1
1998 Cantatas, Volume II Alessandro Scarlatti; Arcadian Academy, Nicholas McGegan, David Daniels 1
2000 The Masque of Alfred Thomas Arne; Jennifer Smith, Christine Brandes, David Daniels, Jamie MacDougall, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorale, Nicholas McGegan 1
2001 Horn Concertos Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, Lowell Greer 1
2011 Berlioz: Nuits d'éte / Händel: Arias Hector Berlioz, Georg Friedrich Händel; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson 1
Flute Concertos Vivaldi; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, Janet See 1
The Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach Johann Sebastian Bach, Nicholas McGegan, David Bowles, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Concerti Grossi Op. 6 7-12 Arcangelo Corelli; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan 1

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