Directors & soloists

"The AAM keeps itself fresh by working with brilliant soloists"
The Daily Telegraph, October 2012

Richard Egarr Music Director

Richard Egarr has been Music Director of the AAM since 2006. Described as "the Bernstein of Early Music" by USA National Public Radio, he is a brilliant harpsichordist and equally skilled on the organ, fortepiano and modern piano. His recordings with the AAM have won MIDEM, Edison and Gramophone Awards, and he has directed the orchestra in concert halls the world over.

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Christopher Hogwood CBE (1941-2014) Founder

Christopher Hogwood founded the AAM in 1973 and was Music Director until 2006. He was universally acknowledged as one of the most influential exponents of the historically-informed performance movement, and his catalogue of over 200 CDs with the AAM has attracted some of the world's most prestigious awards. He died at his home in Cambridge on 24 September 2014.

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Stephen Cleobury conductor

Stephen Cleobury is Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge, and regularly conducts the AAM's collaborations with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge.

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Edward Gardner conductor

Recognised as one of the most talented conductors of his generation, Edward Gardner was awarded an OBE for his Services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and will be Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic from October 2015.

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Edward Higginbottom conductor

For many years Director of New College Choir, Oxford, Edward Higginbottom has now embarked on a new phase of his career as freelance conductor. His work is divided between choral and orchestral direction. He brings to his projects a broad range of skills in performance practice, direction and interpretation.

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Robert Howarth director & harpsichord

Robert Howarth read music at the University of York and is fast establishing a growing reputation as a director and conductor of early and classical repertoire. Howarth’s opera engagements include his Opernhaus Zur...

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Robert Levin director & piano

Robert Levin is one of the great musical minds of our time. A prolific concert pianist and scholar, he has performed and lectured the world over. Renowned for improvising embellishments and cadenzas in classical repertoire, he returns to the AAM this season for two programmes of Mozart keyboard works.

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Gergely Madaras conductor

Fast gaining an international reputation as one of the most exciting young European conductors of his generation, in 2013 Gergely Madaras was appointed Music Director of the Orchestre Dijon, Bourgogne. From September 2014 he will also take up the post of Chief Conductor of the Savaria Symphony Orchestra in his native Hungary. His AAM debut in November features the music of Mozart and Gluck.

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Richard Tognetti director & violin

Renowned as one of the most dynamic musicians performing today, Australian violinist Richard Tognetti made his AAM debut in 2014 with a sensational, five-star reviewed programme of Vivaldi. This season he returns to direct the final instalment of the Grand Tour series — Venice and the Mediterranean — in May 2015.

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James Gilchrist tenor

James Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning toa full-time career in music in 1996. His musical interest wasfired at a young age, singing first as a chorister in the choirof New College, Oxford, and later ...

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  • Alina Ibragimova violin
  • John Mark Ainsley tenor
  • Mary Bevan soprano
  • Sophie Bevan soprano
  • Robin Blaze counter-tenor

  • Rebecca Bottone soprano
  • Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
  • Lucy Crowe soprano
  • Guy Cutting tenor
  • Iestyn Davies counter-tenor

  • Lynne Dawson soprano
  • Marina de Liso mezzo-soprano
  • Klara Ek soprano
  • Andrew Foster-Williams bass-baritone
  • Elmar Gilbertsson tenor

  • Peter Harvey baritone
  • Tine Thing Helseth trumpet
  • Thomas Hobbs tenor
  • Steven Isserlis cello
  • Sumi Jo soprano

  • Ben Johnson tenor
  • Rosemary Joshua soprano
  • Sophie Junker soprano
  • Andrew Kennedy tenor
  • Maria Keohane soprano

  • Mark le Brocq tenor
  • Daniela Lehner mezzo-soprano
  • Jonathan Lemalu bass-baritone
  • Stephan Loges bass
  • Amy Lyddon mezzo-soprano

  • Ed Lyon tenor
  • Tim Mead counter-tenor
  • Robert Murray tenor
  • Masumi Nagasawa harp
  • Anna Prohaska soprano

  • Christopher Purves bass-baritone
  • Ashley Riches baritone
  • Matthew Rose bass
  • Andreas Scholl counter-tenor
  • David Soar bass

  • Toby Spence tenor
  • Anna Stephany mezzo-soprano
  • Vicki St Pierre mezzo-soprano
  • Joseph Tawadros oud
  • Andrew Tortise tenor

  • Ailish Tynan soprano
  • Elizabeth Watts soprano
  • Derek Welton bass-baritone
  • Choir of King's College, Cambridge