Richard Egarr

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Richard Egarr is a British keyboard performer, on the harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano, and conductor. He received his musical training as a choirboy at York Minster, at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, as organ scholar at Clare College, Cambridge and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. His study with Gustav Leonhardt further inspired his work in the field of historical performance.

Egarr has worked with all types of keyboards and performed repertoire ranging from fifteenth-century organ intabulations to Dussek and Chopin on early pianos, to Berg and Maxwell Davies on modern piano. In 2006 he was appointed to succeed Christopher Hogwood as Music Director of The Academy of Ancient Music with effect from the start of the 2006–07 season (Hogwood assuming the title of Emeritus Director). For many years he was director of the Amsterdam-based Academy of the Begijnhof. A regular guest director with such other ensembles as Handel and Haydn Society and Tafelmusik, he plays with various non-period orchestras ranging from the Scottish, Swedish and Australian chamber orchestras to the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He conducts a broad range of repertoire from Monteverdi to Mendelssohn. The Handel and Bach oratorios lie at the heart of his repertoire, and he has a growing reputation in the operatic field – current plans include Mozart’s La finta giardiniera with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican Centre and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and Rossini's Il Signor Bruschino with the Netherlands Opera Academy. He made his Glyndebourne debut in 2007 conducting a staged version of Bach's St Matthew Passion. Richard Egarr is in demand across Europe, Japan and the USA for his scintillating solo and concerto performances. In chamber music, Richard Egarr has also been active. For many years he formed an "unequalled duo for violin and keyboard" (Gramophone) with violinist Andrew Manze.

He records exclusively for harmonia mundi USA, with a discography of over 30 titles. His solo output comprises works by Frescobaldi, Gibbons, Couperin, Purcell, Froberger, Mozart, and J. S. Bach (Goldberg Variations and Well-Tempered Clavier). He has an impressive list of award-winning recordings with Andrew Manze, including sonatas by Bach, Biber, Rebel, Pandolfi, Corelli, Handel, Mozart, and Schubert. With the Academy of Ancient Music he has recorded J. S. Bach’s harpsichord concertos and Brandenburg Concertos. In Handel year 2009 they completed a seven-CD series of Handel discs including the instrumental music opp.1, 2 and 5, the Concerti grossi op.3 (which won a Gramophone Award in 2007) and the Organ Concertos op.4 (MIDEM Award and Edison Award 2009) and op.7.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Sonates pour viole de gambe et basse continue C.P.E. Bach; London Baroque, Charles Medlam, William Hunt, Richard Egarr 1
1999 BBC Music, Volume 8, Number 5: Four Violin Sonatas, Toccata and Fugue, BWV 565 JS Bach; Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Jaap ter Linden 1
1999 Harpsichord Concertos / Triple Concerto BWV 1044 Bach; Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr, Andrew Manze 1
2000 Violin Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Jaap ter Linden 1
2000 Gamba Sonatas J. S. Bach; Jaap ter Linden, Richard Egarr 1
2001 Complete Violin Sonatas Handel; Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr 1
2002 Violin Sonatas, op. 5 Corelli; Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr 1
2003 Per cembalo solo... Johann Sebastian Bach; Richard Egarr 1
2004 The Rosary Sonatas Biber; Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr 2
2005 Violin Sonatas, 1781 Mozart; Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr 1
2005 Violin Sonatas, 1781 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr 1
2006 Bach: Goldberg Variations, 14 Canons Johann Sebastian Bach; Richard Egarr 1
2007 Concerti Grossi op. 3 / Sonata a 5 Handel; Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr 3
2007 Organ Concertos op. 7 (disc 1) Georg Friedrich Händel; Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr 2
2007 Sonatas for Violin & Piano Schubert; Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr 1
2007 Das Wohltemperierte Clavier, Volume 1 Bach; Richard Egarr 1
2008 Keyboard Suites & Grounds Henry Purcell; Richard Egarr 1
2009 BBC Music, Volume 17, Number 5: Concerti Grossi, Op. 3 Nos. 1, 2 / Chandos Anthems Nos. 6, 10 Georg Friedrich Händel; BBC Singers, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Sixteen, Harry Christophers, Richard Egarr 1
2009 12 Solo Sonatas, Op. 1 Georg Friedrich Händel; Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr 1
2009 Brandenburg Concertos Bach; Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr 1
2010 An Evening With Leopold Stokowski Brussels Philharmonic, Richard Egarr 1
2013 8 "Great" Suites for Keyboard, HWV 426-433 G. F. Handel; Richard Egarr 1
2014 St. John Passion JS Bach; Gilchrist, Rose, Riches, Watts, Connolly, Kennedy, Purves, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of the AAM, Richard Egarr 1
Complete Violin Sonatas Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli; Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Arise, My Muse Iestyn Davies, Richard Egarr 1

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