Robert Howarth | harpsichord, organ

Robert Howarth | harpsichord, organ



Robert Howarth read music at the University of York. With a growing reputation as a director and conductor of early repertoire, Robert Howarth holds the post of co-principal keyboard player of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Howarth’s opera engagements have included Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for Welsh National Opera; Alcina for the Hamburg State Opera, Monteverdi’s Il ballo delle Ingrate and Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda followed by Ulysses comes home for the Birmingham Opera Company and Alcina, L’Orfeo and Tolomeo for English Touring Opera.

Most recently he has conducted Purcell’s Fairy Queen and Handel’s Alcina in the Theatre St Gallen and has recently finished a run of Haydn’s L’isola disabitata in Oslo. Concert engagements include appearances conducting Bach’s Lutheran Masses and a European tour of the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 and Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Apollo and Daphne with the St James Baroque Players and Bach Cantatas with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Angelika Kirschlager.

He co-directed Vivaldi’s Ottone in villa for the Buxton Festival with La Serenissima in 2013. In the same year he programmed and directed a concert of English music for the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, and conducted the Messiah with the Bilbao Sinfonica and also with the Hallé Orchestra in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Future engagements include Dido and Aeneas directed by Tom Morris in the Old Vic in the Bristol Proms, and his English National Opera debut in 2015.