Adams Masterclass Director; Keyboards, Organ, and Harpsichord
Michael Beattie has received international attention as a conductor, keyboardist, and vocal coach specializing in the music of the Baroque period. For Boston’s Emmanuel Music, he conducted Handel’s Ariodante, the St. John Passion, the complete Bach Motets, and more than one hundred Bach cantatas. Other conducting engagements have included Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Glimmerglass Opera), Handel’s Rinaldo and Rodelinda (Pittsburgh Opera), and Teseo (Chicago Opera Theater). He returned to Pittsburgh in 2017 to conduct Handel’s Riccardo Primo. A highly regarded keyboard player, Mr. Beattie has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Boston Baroque, the Handel and Haydn Society, Les Violons du Roy, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. He toured internationally with director Peter Sellars: as Assistant Conductor for the Mozart/Da Ponte cycle and as organist for staged Bach cantatas with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. He has been on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Walnut Hill School and is currently a Lecturer at Boston University. He has recorded for KOCH International Classics and Nonesuch records.