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GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN Concerto in 7 parts in F major
J.S. BACH Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1060
TELEMANN Concerto in 7 parts in A minor
BACH Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1061
BACH Concerto for 2 harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1062
TELEMANN Alster Overture

Richard Egarr, conductor and harpsichord
Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya, harpsichord
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

About This Program

The popularity of the coffee shop didn’t start with Starbucks—back in the Baroque era it was the place to hang out, to see and be seen, to gossip, meet friends and to discover the latest music. We invite you to be transported back in time to our own coffee shop to hear double Harpsichord Concertos featuring Bach’s usual invention, energy and drive, (here played by husband-wife duo of Richard Egarr and Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya), paired with music of grace and charm by Telemann.


Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
7:30 PM
First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto
7:30 PM
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
2:30 PM
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
7:30 PM
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“Nepomnyashchaya and Egarr are vivid advocates of music that is all about hedonistic enjoyment”


Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya

Russian-born pianist and harpsichordist Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya is in great demand both as a soloist and as a chamber musician.

Alexandra graduated from the Department of Historical and Modern Art Performance at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory from the class of Professor Olga Martynova in 2009, where she studied piano, harpsichord and fortepiano. Alexandra continued her studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, gaining a master’s degree under the tutelage of Richard Egarr and Menno van Delft.

In July 2015 Alexandra graduated with the Zertifikatstudium Meisterklasse Degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in München under Prof. Christine Schornsheim. Alexandra has won top prizes at competitions including the Prague Spring International Competition in 2012, and the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition Leipzig in 2014.

Her love for chamber music and solo performing has brought her to perform in premier venues and festivals all over Europe, Russia and Asia .She has appeared at Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Barbican Centre in London, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours, as well as Utrecht Early Music Festival, Prague Spring International Festival, Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, Kaisersaal of the Munich Residence, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival among others. She also appeared in Lapland with The Lapland Chamber orchestra playing harpsichord and modern piano in repertoire spanning four centuries. She works regularly with the Residentie Orkest in Den Haag, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, and the Academy of Ancient music.

She also works at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag as a keyboard repetiteur. Future engagements will take her throughout Europe, and to the USA with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra performing the J.S.Bach double concertos, and Mendelssohn double concertos.

Alexandra’s debut recording on fortepiano was released in 2009, featuring Mozart sonatas for piano and violin with violinist Sergei Filchenko. She and her husband Richard Egarr formed Duo Pleyel in 2017 to explore the 4-hand and 2-piano repertoire that is often unjustly ignored. Their repertoire includes J.C.Bach, Dussek, Czerny, Hummel and Liszt, alongside Mozart, Schubert and later composers. Forthcoming concerts take them to Innsbruck, Madrid, Ghent and York. Their first CD for LINN Records of works by Schubert was released in April 2020 and received excellent reviews. This was followed in 2021 by the complete 4-hand music by Jan Ladislav Dussek which also met with critical acclaim. November 2022 sees the release of a recording coupling the early 4-hand sonatas of Mozart with sonatas by his ‘musical father’ Johann Christian Bach. Alexandra has also recorded CDs of music by F.Geminiani (released in 2022) and L. Boccherini with Russian violinist Igor Ruhadze for Brilliant Classics label. Future solo recording plans include the complete works of Gottlieb Muffat, and John Christopher Smith.

Photograph by Marco Borggreve