Malcolm Proud won first prize at the Edinburgh International Harpsichord Competition in 1982 after a year of study with Gustav Leonhardt. He has performed at many prestigious concert venues including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Rooms, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Barbican London, Ton Halle Zurich, Frick Museum New York and Schwarzenberg Palace Vienna. In 2010 he played all six Brandenburg Concertos with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists at the BBC London Proms and at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. He is principal harpsichordist with the Irish Baroque Orchestra and performs regularly with Chamber Choir Ireland and Sestina. He has worked with the 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. 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.
Malcolm Proud is Emeritus Organist at St. Canice’s Cathedral Kilkenny and has given recitals 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. Other recordings include Purcell’s Harpsichord music, Bach’s Six Partitas and the Goldberg Variations. He has recorded Brandenburg 5 with both the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and English Baroque Soloists, and two cds of Marais with gambist John Dornenburg.
His ensemble Camerata Kilkenny has performed throughout Europe and recorded several cds, most recently of Bach arias and Swedish folk hymns with soprano Maria Keohane for Maya Recordings and ‘The Piper and the Fairy Queen’ with uilleann piper David Power on the RTE Lyric FM label.