Richard Egarr

Biography

In the decade of the 1990s Richard Egarr's career as a harpsichordist quickly developed, and he began to get attention as a conductor.

As a boy he was a chorister at York Minster, a position that included complete musical training. He learned piano and organ, studying both at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester from age 13. He earned his diploma in organ playing at 16 and became an organ scholar at Manchester Cathedral, then at Clare
Read more College Oxford. The position of organ scholar -- there are generally two at any one time -- is part of the tradition of university chapel choirs in the major British universities. An organ scholar receives a full scholarship to the College and participates in daily services with the College chapel choir throughout the academic year.

Egarr began playing harpsichord while at Oxford, and gained his bachelor of music degree in harpsichord in 1986. He pursued studies in that instrument with David Roblou at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and in private studies with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam, the later on a scholarship from the Dutch government.

In 1988 he entered the International C.P.E. Bach Fortepiano-Clavichord-Harpsichord Competition in Hamburg, Germany, winning first prize. He began appearing as a harpsichord soloist and in 1991 became the harpsichordist of London Baroque, one of the leading early music ensembles. He held that position until 1995, then became Director of the Academy of the Begijnhof, Amsterdam.

He appears regularly in leading music festivals in Europe, the U.S., and Japan. He has begun conducting The Hanover Band, appearing with it live on BBC Radio 3 from the 1999 Warwick Festival, and in an all-Bach program at the Dieppe Early Music Festival, also in 1999.

EMI Records has promoted his developing career by releasing a recording on its Debut series of lower-cost releases by new artists. His recording of the complete keyboard works of Froberger (the first ever) has been received with wide critical praise. Read less
Bach: Orchestral Suites / Egarr, Academy Of Ancient Music
Release Date: 11/18/2014   Label: Aam Records  
Catalog: 3   Number of Discs: 2
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An Evening With Leopold Stokowski / Richard Egarr, Brussels Philharmonic
Release Date: 01/25/2011   Label: Glossa  
Catalog: 922209   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Bach: Orchestral Suites / Egarr, Academy Of Ancient Music
    Label: Aam Records   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Richard Egarr
    Conductor:  Richard Egarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Handel: Operatic Arias / Emma Bell
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 252 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Emma Bell
    Conductor:  Richard Egarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    Bach: St John Passion / Egarr, Gilchrist,  Rose, Connolly, Watts, Purves
    Label: Aam Records   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Elizabeth Watts,  Sarah Connolly,  Christopher Purves,  James Gilchrist  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Egarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
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    Handel - Citizen of Baroque Europe
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908417 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Egarr
    Performer:  Hélène Guilmette,  Andreas Scholl,  Andreas Wolf,  Richard Egarr  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed,  Richard Egarr,  René Jacobs,  Nicholas McGegan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Berlin Vocal Consort,  Academy of Ancient Music  ... 
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    Birth of the Symphony: Handel to Haydn / Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music
    Label: Aam Records   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Xaver Richter  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Egarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    C. Gibbons: Motets, Anthems, Fantasias & Voluntaries / Egarr, AAM
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807551 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Gibbons
    Performer:  Alastair Ross,  Philippa Hyde,  Jacqueline Connell,  Charmian Bedford  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Egarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Music for Strings - Vaughan Williams, Purcell, Britten...
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 660705 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Benjamin Britten,  Arvo Pärt,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolas Bône,  Nicholas Bone,  William Conway,  Marieke Blankestijn  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Egarr,  William Conway,  Douglas Boyd
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    Lumieres - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908601 Release Date: 10/01/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kobie van Rensburg,  Véronique Gens,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Daniel Reuss,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus  ... 
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    An Evening With Leopold Stokowski / Richard Egarr, Brussels Philharmonic
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 922209 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Pietro Antonio Cesti,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Egarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Handel: Trio Sonatas Op. 2 & 5 / Egarr, Academy Of Ancient Music
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907467 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Richard Egarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Egarr, Academy Of Ancient Music
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807461 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Richard Egarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    The Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 2
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 284 Release Date: 01/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  (Earl of Kelly) Erskine,  Francesco Geminiani,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Alison McGillivray,  Artur Pizarro,  Alison Mitchell,  Emma Bell
    Conductor:  David McGuinness,  Alexander Janiczek,  Joseph Swensen,  Richard Egarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Caledonia,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Scottish Ensemble
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    Handel: Operatic Arias / Emma Bell
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 252 Release Date: 01/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Emma Bell
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Biography

In the decade of the 1990s Richard Egarr's career as a harpsichordist quickly developed, and he began to get attention as a conductor.

As a boy he was a chorister at York Minster, a position that included complete musical training. He learned piano and organ, studying both at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester from age 13. He earned his diploma in organ playing at 16 and became an organ scholar at Manchester Cathedral, then at Clare
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Overture
II. Courante
III. Gavotte I-II
IV. Forlane
V. Menuet I-II
VI. Bourree I-II
VII. Passepied I-II
I. Ouverture
II. Rondeau
III. Sarabande
IV. Bourree I-II
V. Polonaise - Double
VI. Menuet
VII. Badinerie
I. Ouverture
II. Air, "Air on a G String"
III. Gavotte I-II
IV. Bourree -
V. Gigue
I. Overture
II. Bourree I-II
III. Gavotte
IV. Menuet I-II
V. Rejouissance
Part I: Chorale: Herr, unser Herrscher (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Jesus ging mit seinen Jungern (Evangelist, Jesus)
Part I: Chorale: Jesum von Nazareth (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Jesus spricht zu ihnen (Evangelist, Jesus)
Part I: Chorale: Jesum von Nazareth! (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Jesus antwortete (Evangelist, Jesus)
Part I: Chorale: O grosse Lieb (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Auf dass das Wort erfullet wurde (Evangelist, Jesus)
Part I: Chorale: Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann (Evangelist)
Part I: Aria: Von den Strikken meiner Sunden (Alto)
Part I: Recitative: Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach (Evangelist)
Part I: Aria: Ich folge dir gleichfalls (Soprano)
Part I: Recitative: Derselbige Junger war dem Hohepriester bekannt (Evangelist, Ancilla, Petrus, Jesus, Servus)
Part I: Chorale: Wer hat dich so geschlagen (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden (Evangelist)
Part I: Chorale: Bist du nicht seiner Junger einer (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Er leugnete und sprach (Evangelist, Petrus, Servus)
Part I: Aria: Ach, mein Sinn (Tenor)
Part I: Chorale: Petrus, der nicht denkt zuruck (Chorus)
Part II: Chorale: Christus, der uns selig macht (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Da fuhreten sie Jesum (Evangelist, Pilatus)
Part II: Chorale: Ware dieser nicht ein Ubeltater (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Pilatus sprach zu ihnen (Evangelist, Pilatus)
Part II: Chorale: Wir durfen niemand toten (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Auf dass erfullet wurde das Wort Jesu (Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus)
Part II: Chorale: Ach grosser Konig (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm (Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus)
Part II: Chorale: Nicht diesen, diesen nicht (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Barrabas aber war ein Morder (Evangelist)
Part II: Arioso: Betrachte, meine Seel (Bass)
Part II: Aria: Erwage, wie sein blutgefarbter Rucken (Tenor)
Part II: Recitative: Und die kriegsknechte flochten eine Krone (Evangelista)
Part II: Chorale: Sei gegrusset, lieber Judenkonig (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Und gaben ihm Backenstreiche (Evangelist, Pilatus)
Part II: Chorale: Kreuzige, kreuzige (Chorus)
Part II: Pilatus sprach zu ihnen (Evangelista, Pilatus)
Part II: Chorale: Wir haben ein Gesetz (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Da Pilatus das Wort horete (Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus)
Part II: Chorale: Durch dein Gefangnis, Gottes Sohn (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Die Juden aber schrieen und sprachen (Evangelist)
Part II: Chorale: Lassest du diesen los (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Da Pilatus das Wort horete (Evangelist, Pilatus)
Part II: Chorale: Weg, weg mit dem (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Spricht Pilatus zu ihnen (Evangelist, Pilatus)
Part II: Chorale: Wir haben keinen Konig (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Da uberantwortete er ihn (Evangelist)
Part II: Aria: Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen (Bass, Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Allda kreuzigten sie ihn (Evangelist)
Part II: Chorale: Schreibe nicht: der Juden konig (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Pilatus antwortet (Evangelist, Pilatus)
Part II: Chorale: In meines Herzens Grunde (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Die Kriegsknechte aber (Evangelist)
Part II: Chorale: Lasset uns den nicht zerteilen (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Auf dass erfullet werde die Schrift (Evangelist, Jesus)
Part II: Chorale: Er nahm alles wohl in acht (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Und von Stund annahm sie der Junger zu sich (Evangelist)
Part II: Aria: Es ist vollbracht (Alto)
Part II: Recitative: Und neigte das Haupt und verschied (Evangelist)
Part II: Aria: Mein teurer Heiland, lass dich fragen (Bass, Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Und siehe da, der Vorhang (Evangelist)
Part II: Arioso: Mein Herz, indem die ganze Welt (Tenor)
Part II: Aria: Zerfliesse, mein Herze (Soprano)
Part II: Recitative: Die Juden aber (Evangelist)
Part II: Chorale: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Darnach bat Pilatum (Evangelist)
Part II: Chorale: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine (Chorus)
Part II: Chorale: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein (Chorus)
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro di molto
III. Minuet and Trio
IV. Finale: Presto
I. [Fantasy]
II. Allman
III. Galliard
I. Pavan
II. Allman
III. Courante
IV. Saraband
I. Andante - Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Andante - Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Larghetto-Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Larghetto
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro-Adagio
V. Allegro
I. Larghetto - Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Arioso
IV. Allegro
I. Andante - Adagio
II. Allegro - Adagio
III. Larghetto
IV. Allegro
V. Gavotte - Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro - Adagio
III. Musette. Andante - Allegro-Musette. Andante
IV. Marche
V. Gavotte - Allegro
I. Andante Larghetto - Adagio e piano
II. Allegro
III. Sarabande - Largo assai
IV. Allemande. Andante - Allegro
V. Rondeau
VI. Gavotte - Allegro
I. Allegro
II. A Tempo Ordinario - Adagio
III. Passacaille
IV. Gigue. Presto
V. Minuet. Allegro Moderato
I. Largo - Adagio
II. Come alla breve - Adagio
III. Larghetto - Adagio
IV. A tempo Giusto - Adagio
V. Air. Andante Allegro
VI. Bourre
I. Largo - Adagio
II. Allegro - Adagio
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
V. Minuet. Allegro Moderato