The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) today announced the appointment of two longstanding
musical collaborators as Associate Artists: conductor and keyboardist, Richard
Egarr, and violinist / director, Alexander Janiczek.
Making the announcement, Roy McEwan, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber
Orchestra, said: "This is a new concept for the SCO which we're very excited about. Both Richard and
Alexander have developed rich and wide-ranging relationships with the Orchestra over a
number of years, and these new appointments recognise the existing bonds and create
opportunities for the partnerships to develop further. We're delighted that these two fine
artists are now more closely associated with us and we look forward to making more great
music together in the future."
Although best-known for his expertise in the music of the Baroque period, Richard Egarr’s
wide-ranging interests span the musical centuries and his career combines conducting,
directing from the keyboard, playing concerti (on organ, harpsichord, fortepiano or modern
piano), giving recitals and talking about music. His energy and joy in creating music have
made him a firm favourite with SCO musicians and audiences over the years. He first
worked with the Orchestra in September 2004, recording a disc of Handel arias with
soprano Emma Bell for Linn Records. Since then he has joined the Orchestra and the
SCO Chorus in performances of music by Bach, Handel, Haydn and Beethoven, and has
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Richard Egarr said of his appointment as Associate Artist: “I am absolutely thrilled to be
forming a closer relationship with the SCO. I have always felt very at home with this
orchestra, and love the fact that the whole organisation is filled with fantastically flexible
and exciting musicians which so easily allows the planning of all sorts of repertoire. I look
forward to creating some special and unique juxtapositions of music both familiar and
unfamiliar, old and new."
He conducts and plays the harpsichord in two performances of Bach’s Christmas
Oratorio (Cantatas 1, 3, 5 & 6) with the Orchestra and Chorus this week in Edinburgh
Queen’s Hall (this evening, Thursday 1 December) and Glasgow City Halls (Friday 2
December), and returns in April for a programme of Baroque Greats visiting St Andrews
Younger Hall (Wednesday 11 April), Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Thursday 12 April) and
Glasgow City Halls (Friday 13 April).
Richard Egarr is currently Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music and is a regular
guest with many of the world’s finest ensembles. He has an impressive discography as a
solo artist, with violinist Andrew Manze and with the Academy of Ancient Music. Egarr
trained as a choirboy at York Minster, at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and as
organ scholar at Clare College Cambridge.
Austrian violinist Alexander Janiczek has also enjoyed a long and close relationship with
the SCO. He held the position of Leader with the Orchestra from 1999 to 2002, and since
then has regularly been invited back as guest director and soloist for both live
performances and recordings. He has directed the Orchestra from the violin in a series of
three highly acclaimed recordings of Mozart Serenades and Divertimenti for Linn
Records. His concerts with the Orchestra extend beyond its Concert Seasons in
Scotland’s main cities to tours in the Highlands and Islands as well as co-directing on
international tours with the SCO to the USA and Europe.
Speaking of his appointment as Associate Artist, Alexander Janiczek said: “It has been a
truly special journey for me with the SCO over more than a decade. I am touched by the
fact that these outstanding musicians provided me with a home after leaving Salzburg, and
that we have found so much joy in performing together since. It is a great honour to be
invited to go further in our relationship and I am sure we will continue to find exciting ways
to present our shared approach to bringing life to music. I am very grateful that musicians
and management are putting this trust in me.”
Janiczek directs the SCO’s Mozart at Christmas concerts in Glasgow City Halls (Friday
16 December) and Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Saturday 17 December), in which he is joint
soloist with SCO Principal Viola Jane Atkins in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. He
also directs one of the Orchestra’s early-evening [email protected] concerts at St Cuthbert’s Parish
Church, Edinburgh on 28 February, featuring Vaughan Williams’ ever-popular The Lark
Ascending, and is violin soloist in concerts in March with Principal Conductor Robin
Ticciati, performing H K Gruber’s Nebelsteinmusik (Edinburgh Queens’ Hall, 22 March;
Glasgow City Halls, 23 March).
Alexander Janiczek established his name as a concert violinist at the age of nine when he
won first prize in the National Competition of Austria. From the age of twenty, he
developed a close association with Sándor Végh and the Camerata Salzburg which he
continues to direct. He is also a guest director with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
amongst many others across Europe. He is much in demand also as a concerto soloist,
(recently performing the Beethoven Concerto in Salzburg), has a busy chamber music
diary and gave his Wigmore Hall debut recital earlier this year.