Malcolm Proud

Harpsichord & Organ

Malcolm Proud won first prize at the Edinburgh International Harpsichord Competition in 1982 after a year of study with Gustav Leonhardt. Since then he has made an international career as a soloist and continuo player. In 2010 he played all six Brandenburg Concertos with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists at the London Proms and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. He is harpsichordist with Irish Baroque Orchestra and performs regularly with Chamber Choir Ireland and Sestina. He has worked with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, European Union Baroque Orchestra and Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, and he has toured Japan in a production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo with Mark Padmore in the lead rôle. His solo recordings include Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Six Partitas, and Brandenburg 5 for both Virgin Classics and Monteverdi Productions.


Malcolm Proud is organist at St. Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny. He has performed on historic organs such as the 15th century instrument at Valère-Sion in Switzerland, the 1565 Antegnati in Mantua, the 1610 Compenius at Frederiksborg in Denmark and the 1766 Riepp at Ottobeuren near Munich. In the USA he has given organ recitals in Boston and Virginia. His cd of Bach’s Clavierübung III, recorded on the Metzler at Stein am Rhein in Switzerland, was released in 2008.


His ensemble Camerata Kilkenny has performed in Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Estonia, Latvia and Finland. Camerata’s cd of Biber’s Mystery Sonatas was awarded the prestigious ‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik’ in 2007. Recent releases include ‘The Piper and the Fairy Queen’ with uilleann piper David Power and Bach arias and Swedish folk hymns with Swedish soprano Maria Keohane.


In November 2018 he curated a series of concerts at the National Concert Hall in Dublin to mark the 350th anniversary of François Couperin’s birth and in March 2020 he will curate a Bach series also at the NCH.