Nicholas McGegan, OBE

by Alison Young, Minnesota Public Radio
October 29, 2010

St. Paul, Minn. — To see Nicholas McGegan conduct is to watch a musician so fully in the moment everything extraneous just melts away.

He dances, he laughs, he practically embraces the orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra clearly loved him while he served as their Artistic Partner and Baroque Series Director since the late '90s. Their concerts had a special sparkle, an energy and life that could come from only this sprightly musician.

Today in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles formally made Nicholas McGegan an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

The British-born McGegan is currently Music Director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, Artistic Director of the International Handel-Festival Gottingen in Germany, and a frequent guest conductor with major symphonies in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

He was given this honour in recognition of "services to music overseas."

We are so delighted that he won this honor. Way to go, Nic!

On Now

Music Through The Night®
Kevin O'Connor
Listen to the Stream
  • Piano Sonata No. 11 "Turkish" 3:13 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    William Kanengiser, guitar
    Buy Now
  • The Polar Express: Suite 3:06 Alan Silvestri
    Original Soundtrack Recording
    Alan Silvestri
    Buy Now

You can now listen to Classical and Choral Music on your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) or Android device.

Classical Notes Blog

Read more