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
Browse 1-11 of 11 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    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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  • 2.
    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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  • 3.
    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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  • 6.
    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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  • 7.
    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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  • 10.
    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
    Conductor:  Richard Egarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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