Aspen Music Festival And School

Nicholas McGegan Back To Performers

Instrumental Focus

  • conductor
  • harpsichord

Nicholas McGegan is increasingly recognized for his probing and revelatory explorations of music of all periods. In 2015, he celebrated his 30th year as music director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and he is also principal guest conductor of the Pasadena Symphony. Best known as a baroque and classical specialist, McGegan’s approach has led to appearances with many of the world’s major orchestras. At home in opera houses, McGegan shone new light on close to twenty Handel operas as the artistic director and conductor at the Göttingen Handel Festival for twenty years (1991–2001) and the Mozart canon as principal guest conductor at Scottish Opera in the 1990s. His 16/17 guest appearances include, among others, the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Pasadena Symphony; Baltimore, St. Louis, and Toronto Symphonies; Calgary Philharmonic; Handel and Haydn Society; the Aspen Music Festival and School; and the Cleveland Orchestra/Blossom Music Festival. His extensive discography features eight releases on Philharmonia Baroque’s label, Philharmonia Baroque Productions (PBP) including the 2011 GRAMMY® Award-nominated recording of Haydn symphonies and, most recently, the first ever recording of the newly rediscovered 300-year-old work La Gloria di Primavera by Alessandro Scarlatti. He was made an officer of the most excellent order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO