[ Conductors ]

Nicholas McGegan

For The New Yorker magazine, British conductor Nicholas McGegan is “an expert in 18th-century style.” McGregan is known throughout the world for performances that match authority with enthusiasm. In more than two decades as its music director, McGegan has established the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorale as the leading period-performance ensemble in America. He has defined an approach to period style that sets the current standard: probing, serious but not dogmatic, and recognizing that the music of the past does not belong in a museum or academia, but in vigorous engagement with an audience, for pleasure and delight on both sides of the platform edge. He is a pioneer in the process of exporting historically informed practice to the wider one of conventional symphonic forces, guest-conducting with the Concertgebouw, Halle, and Philadelphia orchestras as well as Covent Garden, among many others.

McGegan was principal conductor in 1993-1996 of Sweden’s 18th-century theater of Drottingholm. His discography includes over 100 releases and includes both a Gramophone Award and a Grammy® nomination. On June 12, 2010, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Elizabeth II. The honor cited McGegan’s “services to music overseas”.