Neville Marriner

Neville Marriner

English musician, conductor and violinist
Date of Birth: 15.04.1924
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Neville Marriner
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Career in Orchestras
  4. Chamber Orchestra and Recordings
  5. Conducting Career
  6. Notable Works and Achievements

Biography of Neville Marriner

Early Life and Education

Neville Marriner, a British musician, conductor, and violinist, was born in the city of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. He received his education at the Royal College of Music and the Paris Conservatory.

Neville Marriner

Career in Orchestras

Marriner gained experience playing the violin in the Philharmonia Orchestra of Britain, the Martin String Quartet, and the London Symphony Orchestra, totaling thirteen years. He later co-founded the Jacobean Ensemble with Thurston Dart before moving to the United States.

Chamber Orchestra and Recordings

In 1959, Marriner founded the Academy of St Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra and made numerous recordings with them. His repertoire ranged from Baroque music to twentieth-century English works and opera. He collaborated with various record labels such as Argo, L'Oiseau Lyre, Philips, and EMI Classics.

Conducting Career

While still residing outside the United Kingdom, Marriner became the first music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra from 1969 to 1978. From 1979 to 1986, he served as the director of the Minnesota Orchestra, and from 1986 to 1989, he was the principal conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Notable Works and Achievements

Marriner's notable recordings include two albums of British music with Julian Lloyd Webber, including acclaimed performances of Benjamin Britten's Cello Symphony and Sir William Walton's Cello Concerto. He also curated the selection of Mozart's music for the soundtrack of the 1984 film "Amadeus." Marriner was knighted in 1985 and served as the chairman of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra until 1992, after which he became the Honorary President. His son, clarinetist Andrew Marriner, is a leading clarinetist in the London Symphony Orchestra.