Nicholas McGegan

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James 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, beginning in 1979 when he was initially scheduled for one semester in residence, but his residency extended into the mid-1980s.

Since 1985, McGegan has been music director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco and Berkeley, California. In 1988, he served as Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival alongside Peter Maxwell Davies and Diane Wittry. From 1993-98 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Opera in Glasgow. From 1991 to 2011, McGegan was also Artistic Director of the Göttingen International Handel Festival. He was music director of the Irish Chamber Orchestra from 2002 to 2005. Since 2013 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Pasadena Symphony, and in 2014 the became Artist in Association with Australia’s Adelaide Symphony. He has also held long-term appointments with the Drottningholm Theatre, where he served as principal conductor from 1993–96, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. McGegan also founded the chamber music group, The Arcadian Academy.

As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and many others, and has conducted opera at The Royal Opera at Covent Garden, the San Francisco Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, among others.

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 was nominated for a Grammy Award for his 2011 release on the orchestra's label of the Symphonies nos. 88, 101, and 104 of Joseph Haydn. 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; the honorary medal of the Friends of the Drottningholm Theatre; the Order of Merit of the State of Lower Saxony (Germany); the Medal of Honor of the City of Göttingen, and a declaration of Nicholas McGegan Day, by the Mayor of San Francisco in recognition of his work with Philharmonia Baroque. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.

McGegan resides in Berkeley, California and Glasgow.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Water Musick Georg Friedrich Händel; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan 1
1989 Concerti Grossi, op. 6 1-6 Corelli; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan 2
1992 Agrippina Georg Friedrich Händel; Nicholas McGegan, Sally Bradshaw, Lisa Saffer, Drew Minter, Wendy Hill, Nicholas Isherwood, Ralf Popken, Michael Dean, Gloria Banditelli, Béla Szilágyi, Capella Savaria 1
1992 Arias for Durastanti Handel; Lorraine Hunt, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan 1
1993 Atalanta Handel; Katalin Farkas, Éva Bártfai-Barta, Éva Lax, János Bándi, József Gregor, László Polgár, Capella Savaria, Nicholas McGegan 1
1996 Giustino George Frideric Handel & Nicholas McGegan 1
1996 Ottone George Frideric Handel; Nicholas McGegan, Drew Minter, Lisa Saffer, Juliana Gondek, Patricia Spence, Ralf Popken, Michael Dean & Freiburger Barockorchester 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
2002 Flute Concertos / Recorder Concertos Vivaldi; Janet See, Marion Verbruggen, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan 1
2004 Verse Anthems Pelham Humfrey; Romanesca, Nicholas McGegan 1
2011 Berlioz: Nuits d'éte / Händel: Arias Hector Berlioz, Georg Friedrich Händel; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson 1
'Clori, Tirsi e Fileno' - Cantata a tre, HWV 96 George Frideric Handel; Lorraine Hunt, Jill Feldman, Drew Minter, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Nicholas McGegan 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 Concertos, Opus 6 / Volume 2 Corelli; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan 1

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