The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) will commence a search for a new Music Director to take up the position from the 2021-22 season, when current Music Director Richard Egarr steps down following fifteen years in the post.
“AAM is, and always has been, an outstanding orchestra full of passionate and highly talented musicians, many of whom I knew before my days with the AAM” says Richard Egarr. “I have been extremely lucky to carry on Christopher Hogwood's ground-breaking work with these colleagues and friends during my time with the organisation, and after fifteen years as Music Director I feel it will be time for me to move on to new challenges and opportunities. I know that AAM will continue making important musical advances and developments in the field as it always has. I am so proud to have been part of its extraordinary history, and hope to continue to be some part of it after my official departure. I am looking forward to providing an exciting conclusion to my tenure during my last three years at the helm.”
“Since taking over the reins from Christopher Hogwood over a decade ago, Richard Egarr became the perfect ambassador of AAM with his energy, passion and love of music” comments AAM Leader Bojan Čičić. “His ability to transform a performance into an exceptional event is something that we all cherish. I am really looking forward to presenting these unique concert experiences in our remaining three years together.”
“Richard has not only given us electrifying performance after electrifying performance, but also been the very heart of AAM” added AAM Chairman Philip Jones. “Richard created the excellent Choir of AAM and his leadership has been instrumental in establishing our record label, AAM Records, at the forefront of the period-instrument movement. We’ll be sad to see him move on, whilst at the same time looking forward to finding a worthy successor.”
“Richard has made an enormous contribution to the life and work of AAM, and we are looking forward to an array of exciting projects during his next three seasons with us” says AAM Chief Executive Alexander Van Ingen. “Finding the right person to follow on from Richard will be a significant undertaking, and we look to secure a Music Director who will build further on our performance, research and recording success to date, and take more of our music to engage with listeners and performers around the world.”
Egarr took up the post of Music Director in April 2006, succeeding AAM founder Christopher Hogwood. Under Egarr’s leadership, AAM has toured Europe, the United States, Australia, China, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, performed at the BBC Proms on multiple occasions, won two Gramophone Awards and launched their AAMplify scheme, designed to support and encourage a new generation of music lovers. In 2007 Egarr founded the Choir of AAM, a dynamic and energetic group of singers who perform regularly with AAM; and in 2013 he oversaw the creation of AAM Records, directing each release on the label to date.