The San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale has this week announced the appointment of British conductor and keyboardist Richard Egarr as its new Music Director – effective from the commencement of the 2021/2022 season.
The 55-year-old will succeed conductor Nicholas McGegan — who will retire from the ensemble after 35 years at its helm.
“I am delighted to name Richard Egarr as Philharmonia’s new Music Director … Nic McGegan has laid an extraordinary foundation from which Richard can build … ” Ensemble Executive Director Courtney Beck has said.
“Richard is an exceptional and unique conductor who has incredible command of the baroque, classical, and early romantic repertoire – and enthusiastically embraces PBO’s new music initiative,” she has said.
“I am beyond thrilled and hugely excited by my appointment with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale … ” Maestro Egarr has said..
“I have had wonderful contact with the players and the entire organization during my previous engagements – and could not be more honored by and committed to my forthcoming role,” he has said.
Maestro Egarr currently serves as Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music – and will in upcoming seasons begin recent appointments as Principal Guest Conductor with the Het Residentie Orkest, in The Hague – and as an Artistic Partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.