Nicholas McGegan

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James Nicholas McGegan[1] OBE (born 14 January 1950 in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England) is a British harpsichordist, flautist, conductor and early music expert.

McGegan received his early education at Nottingham High School. He subsequently studied music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and at Magdalen College, Oxford. McGegan has participated in some of the earliest authentic-performance recordings during the 1970s as a baroque flautist,[2] including Christopher Hogwood's seminal recordings of Mozart symphonies. He has taught music at such UK institutions as King's College, Cambridge, Oriel College, Oxford, and the Royal College of Music. In the USA, McGegan has served as artist-in-residence at Washington University in St. Louis, beginning in 1979 when he was initially scheduled for one semester in residence, but his residency extended into the mid-1980's.[3]

In 1985, McGegan became music director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco. In 1988, he was the Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival alongside Peter Maxwell Davies and Diane Wittry. From 1991 to 2011, McGegan was artistic director of the Göttingen International Handel Festival.[4] He has also held long-term appointments with the Drottningholm Theatre, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. McGegan founded the chamber music group, The Arcadian Academy. He was music director of the Irish Chamber Orchestra from 2002 to 2005.

McGegan has made more than 100 recordings, including many with Philharmonia Baroque and singers such as Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Lisa Saffer, for such labels as Philharmonia Baroque Productions [5] and harmonia mundi usa. He has collected a number of honors, including an honorary degree from the Royal College of Music in London, the Handel Music Prize from the Handel Festival in Halle, Germany, and the honorary medal of the Friends of the Drottningholm Theatre.

McGegan resides in Berkeley and Glasgow.[2] He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.[6]


  1. ^ St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, pre-concert talk by Nicholas McGegan and Amy Kaiser, January 31, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Andrew Clements (1 August 2005). "Baroque star". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  3. ^ Robert Duffy (2010-10-19). "Musings: McGegan returns, expect something wonderful". St. Louis Beacon. Retrieved 2015-02-21. 
  4. ^ Michael Schäfer (30 December 2010). "Händel-Festspiele: Ära McGegan geht zu Ende". Göttinger Tageblatt. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Philharmonia Baroque Productions website store". 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59446. p. 24. 12 June 2010.

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Preceded by
Laurette Goldberg
Music Director, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Eliot Gardiner
Artistic Director, Göttingen International Handel Festival
Succeeded by
Laurence Cummings
Preceded by
Fionnuala Hunt
Music Director, Irish Chamber Orchestra
Succeeded by
Anthony Marwood (Artistic Director)