Sir Neville Marriner
Sir Neville Marriner began his professional life as a violinist. While playing as principal in the London Symphony Orchestra, he founded the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with a small group of friends in 1959. At first, he directed the ensemble from the concertmaster’s seat until the repertoire demanded larger forces. Then, on the encouragement of his mentor, Pierre Monteux, to “stand up and be a man,” he relinquished his violin and took up the baton.
In 1969, he left the London Symphony Orchestra and founded the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, at the same time extending the repertoire of the Academy and guest conducting symphony orchestras around the world.
Sir Marriner is one of the most prolific classical music recording artists in the world. He was music director and conductor of the motion picture Amadeus.
He tours regularly with the Academy to the Far East, South America and Europe. He has twice been honored for services to music in his own country and in Germany, France and Sweden, and holds many honorary degrees in America, the Far East and at home.