Bruce Lamott has been director of the Philharmonia Chorale since 1997 and is Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s current Scholar-in-Residence. He first performed with the Orchestra in 1989 as continuo harpsichordist for Handel’s Giustino.
Lamott was previously the director of choruses and conductor of the Mission Candlelight Concerts at the Carmel Bach Festival, where his 30-year tenure also included performing as a harpsichordist and presenting as a lecturer and education director. In eight seasons as choral director and assistant conductor of the Sacramento Symphony, he conducted annual choral concerts of major symphonic choral works, including both Bach Passion settings, Haydn’s The Seasons, and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, as well as preparing the symphony chorus for their subscription season.
Lamott received a bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford, where he researched keyboard improvisation practices of the Baroque period. His teaching career began on the musicology faculty at UC Davis, where he also directed the Early Music Ensemble. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, Kip Cranna, dramaturg of the San Francisco Opera, and teaches music history and conducts the choirs and chamber orchestra at San Francisco University High School. As a part-time professor of music history at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 2001, he specializes in the vocal and instrumental repertoire of the 18th century. In his opera-related activities, Lamott teaches continuo realization for San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program and lectures for the Opera’s education program and Opera Guild.