Richard Egarr renews contract as
Music Director of Academy of Ancient Music
Published: 10 May 2012
We are delighted to announce that Richard Egarr has renewed his contract as AAM Music Director until August 2017.
Future plans at the Barbican, where the AAM is Associate Ensemble from September 2012, include performances of Handel's royal music, JS Bach's St John Passion and a major cycle of Monteverdi operas.
Egarr succeeded AAM founder Christopher Hogwood as Music Director in 2006. Since then he has led the AAM from strength to strength, maintaining the orchestra’s reputation for musical excellence whilst bringing to light lesser-known composers and championing baroque and classical music across the world. Highlights have included:
• The founding of the Choir of the AAM in 2007, which a year later won ‘Choir of the Year’ at the Beijing Elites
• The first-ever performances in China of JS Bach's complete Brandenburg Concertos and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas
• Major tours of the Far East, Europe and the USA
• The world-premiere recording of music by Christopher Gibbons, due for release in summer 2012
• Programmes in London and Cambridge, where the AAM holds regular seasons, championing the work of composers such as Dario Castello, Christopher Gibbons and JS Bach's ancestors
• A cycle of Handel's complete instrumental music Opp.1-7, winner of MIDEM, Edison and Gramophone Awards.
Meanwhile Egarr's wider conducting and solo career continues to flourish. Earlier this year he was appointed Associate Artist at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and recent solo recordings of music by Couperin and JS Bach have met with considerable critical acclaim.