Michael Beattie


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 has conducted Handel’s Ariodante, the St. John Passion, the complete Bach Motets, and more than one hundred Bach cantatas. Other conducting engagements have included Monteverdi's Orfeo (Pegasus Early Music); Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Glimmerglass Opera); Handel’s Rinaldo, Rodelinda, and Riccardo Primo (Pittsburgh Opera); and Handel’s Teseo (Chicago Opera Theater).

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, Haymarket Opera Company, TENET, The Sebastians, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. He toured in the US and Europe 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 is Director of the Virginia Best Adams Masterclass at the Carmel Bach Festival. He has recorded for KOCH International Classics and Nonesuch records.